Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support any work that extends its life or scope.
Exciting events and pitched campaign moments over the last week have made us even more steadfast in the ongoing struggle for abolition. Contact CR to get more involved in your area!
After a powerful rally with Beyond Attica coalition calling on Governor Cuomo to shut down the prison at Attica, New York City chapter has been busy planning Friday‘s The Hard Road to Abolition//Strategies to Win event with Ruthie Wilson Gilmore, Mariame Kaba, Mujahid Farid and Abraham Paulos (moderating). Not in NYC, but excited about the event? You can make a gift to the community ticket fund to support the 120+ free seats we’ve provided to movement allies and low-income New Yorkers.
In Los Angeles, we continue to fight a $3.7billion jail construction plan. We believe that all jails are toxic to the health and wellbeing of the people caged within them as well as the communities and environments surrounding them. Through mounting an ongoing challenge against the negative environmental impact of jail construction, we are mobilizing in October to ensure that the LA County Board of Supervisors does not approve the new women’s jail project. Check out the new jail fight zine and stay tuned as we plan actions in the next month to fight the proposed jail.
In Portland, members are successfully growing their work and chapter through workshops, events with allies, a prisoner support benefit concert, and correspondence with imprisoned people.
And, in Oakland our mass mobilization and direct action with the Stop Urban Shield coalition successfully disrupted the annual police militarization program! The coalition has released a report detailing the harms of the Urban Shield program and is planning for a community meeting to continue to mobilize support as we will be going before the Alameda Board of Supervisors in October to ensure no Urban Shield in 2017.