Floyd's murder in Minneapolis triggered abolitionist shockwaves.
Calls to defund the police found receptive ears around the world.
Shortly after, Sarah Everard's murder by a serving police officer
compounded these calls in Britain. But to abolish the interlocking
systems of police, prison and border power, we must confront the
legacy of Empire.
Abolition Revolution is a historical, theoretical and
practical guide to revolutionary abolitionist politics in Britain.
The authors trace the evolution of policing and criminalisation from
their colonial roots to their contemporary expression, as found in
'Prevent' and drug laws targeting Black communities. They also draw
out a rich history of grassroots resistance, from the founding of the
Notting Hill Carnival in 1959 to transformative responses to
repressive community policing today.
With a forceful critique of carceral feminism, alongside an
exposition of how these systems fail as a response to social dynamics
such as crime, the book offers a compelling and grounded vision for
abolition that takes us away from punitivity from above and into
community based forms of accountability from below.