About Our Newspaper

Launched in the spring of 2005 by the Oakland Chapter, The Abolitionist is a bilingual (English/Spanish) publication and organizing tool for prisoners, dedicated to the strategy and practice of prison industrial complex abolition. Paid subscriptions from people outside of prison allow us to distribute the paper three times per year absolutely free of charge to over 5,500 people in prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the US and internationally, who in turn share the paper with many more of their fellow prisoners. The Abolitionist Editorial Collective is now a national workgroup of Critical Resistance, with members across the US. As George Jackson said: “The point is…in the face of what we confront, to fight and win. That’s the real objective: not just to make statements, no matter how noble, but to destroy the system that oppresses us. By any means available to us. And to do this, we must be connected, in contact and communication with those in the struggle on the outside.”

An inside-outside publication for abolitionist struggle & strategy across prison walls

Three times per year, Critical Resistance prints different issues of The Abolitionist, exploring a range of topics related to the strategy and struggle of PIC abolition. From analyses of racial capitalism and imperialism, to housing, education, land struggles, mental health, confronting gender violence, fights to build life-affirming infrastructure for community self-determination and more, each issue is packed with fresh analytical articles, reflections, poetry, visual art, and organizing resources and tools for resistance inside and outside of prisons.

Learn more about the project here.


Sneak Peek into Issue 38 of The Abolitionist “Making A Living: Building New Worlds Against Punitivism and the State” by Mujeres de Frente
Issue: 38 - Fall 2022
Issue Date: December 1, 2022

Peek inside the newest issue of Critical Resistance’s The Abolitionist newspaper with this early release article by Mujeres de Frente on feminist unionism and collective organizing in Ecuador before, during,…

Sneak Peek into Issue 38 on Labor Struggles & Abolition: The Rise of Background Checks with Melissa Burch
Issue: 38: Labor Struggles & PIC Abolition
Issue Date: December 1, 2022

Issue 38 of The Abolitionist newspaper is printing at the beginning of December 2022! Peek inside the issue with this early release interview with Melissa Burch, former Critical Resistance (CR)…

Issue 37: Housing Justice and PIC Abolition
Issue: 37
Issue Date: June 22, 2022

Issue 37 features articles on housing justice and prison industrial complex (PIC) abolition. Printed in June of 2022, the complete issue is now available for free download in both English…

Issue 37 Inside-Outside Fishing Line Column: Speaking Truth to The People – Building a Mass Movement against the Prison Industrial Complex With Current and Former Political Prisoners
Issue: 37
Issue Date: June 19, 2022

By Lawrence Jenkins & Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin with Garrett Felber Editors’ Note: This issue’s fishing line brings current political prisoner, Lawrence Jenkins, and former political prisoner, Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin, together…

Sneak Peek into Issue 37: Intersecting Movements for Housing Justice & PIC Abolition
Issue: 37
Issue Date: June 19, 2022

Issue 37 of The Abolitionist newspaper is heading to print at the end of this month! Check out what’s in store for our Summer 2022 issue by reading the feature…

Issue 36: Pathways Toward Freedom
Issue: 36, Winter 2021
Issue Date: December 17, 2021

Issue 36 “Pathways Toward Freedom” features articles on strategies for getting people out of cages. Printed in December of 2021, the complete issue is now available for free download in…

Closing Cages: The People’s Plan for Prison Closure in California
Issue: 36
Issue Date: December 17, 2021

By Mohamed Shehk The following article is a feature action piece from Issue 36 of Critical Resistance’s The Abolitionist newspaper, printed in December 2021. The issue features “Pathways toward Freedom,”…

Sneak Peek into “Pathways toward Freedom”: Issue 36
Issue: 36
Issue Date: December 27, 2021

Our Winter 2021 issue of The Abolitionist is heading to the printers this December. This issue features articles focused on “Pathways toward Freedom,” or strategies for getting people out of…

Issue 35: Defunding Policing
Issue: 35
Issue Date: July 21, 2021

Check out the Letter from the Editors for this issue below, along with the #35 sneak peek piece, and download your copy of The Abolitionist #35 in English or Spanish…

Sneak Peek into Issue 35: One Year Later…
Issue: 35 - Sneak Peek
Issue Date: July 26, 2021

Issue 35 of The Abolitionist is on its way to the printing press at the end of July, 2021. With a features section on defunding policing, this issue covers a range of…