CR Structure & Background

Critical Resistance (CR) is a national grassroots organization building an international movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). We think of the PIC as the system of surveillance, policing, and imprisonment that government, industry and their interests use as solutions to economic, social, and political problems. Because the PIC is a huge, complicated system, we have to attack it from all different angles using many different strategies. Our broad abolitionist strategy embraces 3 main frames:

  1. Dismantle
  2. Change
  3. Build


CR currently has three paid staff positions. The staff operates on a non-hierarchical basis and is accountable to each other, and the membership. The staff is responsible for coordinating the communication, support, operations, and resources of the organization; including local chapters and the national office. The relationship between chapters and staff is reciprocal. Consistent communication through phone calls, meeting notes, visits, and email is integral for minimizing problems and helping the organization thrive in a horizontal structure.

Local Chapters

Local chapters determine their own, projects and campaigns. However, chapters are required to support the CR mission and meet specific benchmarks. Our 4 local chapters include: CR Oakland, CR  Los Angeles, CR Portland, and CR New York City. As a national organization, CR provides local chapters with resources to support their work such as infrastructural support, political education fundraising support, technology, trainings and a network of prison industrial complex abolitionists throughout the country.