Abolish Policing

As an abolitionist organization, Critical Resistance supports abolitionist reforms to dismantle the systems of policing and works to create viable alternatives in our communities. Please check back for resources as we update this page.

Our Abolition of Policing Workshop is publicly available – Get it Now!

Included in the workshop is a facilitator’s guide, definitions, our “Origins of Policing Timeline,” and resources that we hand out at the end of our workshop. Contact us if you have any questions or would like more information on the workshop.


Definition of Policing:

Policing is a social relationship made up of a set of practices that are empowered by the state to enforce law and social control through the use of force.  Reinforcing the oppressive social and economic relationships that have been central to the US throughout its history, the roots of policing in the United States are closely linked the capture of escaped slaves, and the enforcement of Black Codes.  Similarly, police forces have been used to keep new immigrants “in line” and to prevent the poor and working classes from making demands. As social conditions change, how policing is used to target poor people, people of color, immigrants, and others who do not conform on the street or in their homes also shifts.  The choices policing requires about which people to target, what to target them for, and when to arrest a book them play a major role in who ultimately gets imprisoned.


Critical Resistance Resources on Policing:

CR Statement on Abolition of Police, Published January 2009

News and Resources About Uncoupling Health and Mental Health Care from Policing and Prisons


  • Kamau Walton—Black Liberation & White Anti-Racism in the Time of Ferguson (Kamau starts at 36:32)
  • Jesse Strauss—Displacing Gentrification: People’s Forum hosted by Economic Development without Displacement Coalition (Jesse starts at 39:09)

Gang Injunction Videos



Articles by members