In this period of astonishing energy and public discussion about the state of policing, detention, imprisonment, sentencing, and surveillance, CR is excited to release this new video series, Breaking Down the Prison Industrial Complex, as part of our Profiles in Abolition initiative. The videos explore the current state of the prison industrial complex (PIC) and how people are fighting back to resist and abolish it. As always, we feature abolition as a strategy to dismantle systems of harm and punishment in favor of systems that increase health, stability, and self-determination.
We look forward to releasing dozens of videos featuring conversations with Alice Kim, Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis, Charlene Caruthers, Claude Marks, Craig Gilmore, Dylan Rodriguez, Joey Mogul, Jose Lopez, Kamau Walton, Laura Whitehorn, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Mariame Kaba, Mary Hooks, Masai Ehehosi, Maya Schenwar, Ruthie Gilmore, Soffiyah Elijah, and more. The videos in this project were filmed, produced and directed by Rachel Herzing and Isaac Ontiveros.
Please share these videos broadly and help amplify abolition as a irresistible vision and practical organizing strategy.