Past Issues & Sample Articles of The Abolitionist Newspaper

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With Issue 39 in 2023 (see below), CR’s editorial collective began a collaboration with Beyond Prisons Podcast for a show on each issue of The Abolitionist. Give our podcast show “Over the Wall” a listen while reading through our past issues and sample early-release articles below!


Issue 30: Tearing Down the Walls from Both Sides
Issue: 30 - Tearing Down the Walls from Both Sides (Fall 2018)
Issue Date: November 1, 2018

Welcome to Issue #30 of The Abolitionist! In this latest issue, we explore the different methods that people use to challenge the prison industrial complex (PIC), from a variety of different positions…

Issue 29 of The Abolitionist Paper!
Issue: 29 - Breaking down the PIC (Summer 2018)
Issue Date: June 21, 2018

The latest issue of The Abolitionist paper is out! Subscribe today to get your copy, and support people in prisons, jails, and detention centers getting it for free. Issue 29…

Issue 28: Organizing Against Fascism
Issue: 28 - Organizing Against Fascism (Spring 2018)
Issue Date: February 28, 2018

With a theme of “Organizing Against Fascism,” Issue 28 packs a punch with writings by political prisoner Herman Bell and other imprisoned authors, transcriptions of recent talks by Ruthie Gilmore, Mariame Kaba,…

Issue 27: The Black Panther Party Ten Point Program
Issue: 27 - The Black Panther Party 10 Point Platform (Spring 2017)
Issue Date: January 18, 2017

Our latest issue of The Abolitionist Newspaper has finally arrived! Issue 27 is themed around the Black Panther Party’s Ten Point Program, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the…

Abolitionist Issue 26: Obstacles and Opportunities
Issue: 26 - Obstacles & Opportunities (Summer 2016)
Issue Date: June 15, 2016

Download The Abolitionist Issue 26 in English or Spanish The ground is shifting beneath us. The harm and violence of the prison industrial complex (PIC) – including policing, imprisonment, and…

Issue: 25 - Policing (Winter 2016)
Issue Date: January 18, 2016

Welcome to Issue 25 of The Abolitionist ! This issue we delve into “Policing and Abolition” with hard hitting pieces from powerful authors like Fred Moten, Robin D.G. Kelley, Rachel…

Issue: 24 - Education (Spring 2015)
Issue Date: May 11, 2015

Download in English or Español “Prison abolition is an intentional and critical commitment to struggle, but it is also a battle of imagination, creativity, and love. It is about possibilities.…

Issue: 23 - Capitalism, Anti-Capitalism & the PIC (Fall 2014)
Issue Date: June 30, 2014

Download in English or Español “Placing the PIC at the center of the way that we think about capitalism troubles the lie at the heart of capitalist ideology—the notion capitalism…

Issue: 22 - Women & Gender Liberation (Spring 2014)
Issue Date: April 24, 2014

Welcome to issue 22 of the Abolitionist, our first paper of 2014. As we go to production in the month of March we are inspired and motivated by the history…

Issue: 21 - Art & Abolition (Fall 2013)
Issue Date: September 1, 2013

DOWNLOAD ISSUE 21! Download in English or Descargar en Español As we step ever onward toward a world without the violence of policing, surveillance, prison and the social and economic…