“Our Bodies, Our Freedom: Abolishing the Prison Industrial Complex Post-Roe” is a national event celebrating the launch of Issue 39 of Critical Resistance’s cross-wall publication, The Abolitionist. The event will feature contributing authors from Movement for Family Power, Interrupting Criminalization and the Beyond Do No Harm Network, Iranians for Abolition, Mountain Area Abortion Doula Collective, and more!
Fifteen months ago, on June 24, 2022, the US Supreme Court eliminated the right to abortion, giving states the ability to criminalize accessing or providing abortion care, expanding the scope of who can get ensnared in the prison industrial complex (PIC). In the past year as maternal mortality rates in the US have skyrocketed with Black women more than twice as likely to die than white women, alongside a record number of anti-transgender bills progressing through legislative processes, thousands have organized to defend abortion access state to state, from fundraising drives for abortion funds to providing clinic defense support, working to advance legislative protections locally, and more.
Just as the fight to defend abortion is not new, struggles against various forms of reproductive harm inside and outside prisons has been a major priority of imprisoned people, anti-prison advocates, and abolitionists for decades. Reproductive oppression is a cornerstone of the PIC. Yet the two struggles–reproductive justice and PIC abolition–have emerged somewhat distinct alongside one another as opposed to mutual, intersecting pathways toward collective liberation and life-affirming care for all. In this time of widening criminalization Post-Roe, we must understand reproductive justice as an essential field of struggle for PIC abolition.
Critical Resistance is calling all healthcare workers, reproductive justice workers, advocates, and organizers, as well as anyone concerned by the rise of fascism in the US and the subsequent creep on reproductive rights to join us for “Our Bodies, Our Freedom: Abolishing the PIC Post-Roe.” By looking into the most recent issue of The Abolitionist, we will further examine how and why reproductive justice and PIC abolitionist struggles must advance each other together.
+ a raffle for abolitionist prizes & more!
*In addition to celebrating the release of issue 39 of The Abolitionist, this event is also continuing to celebrate 25 years of Critical Resistance (CR). Since the late 1990’s, CR has been working to build an international movement to abolish the prison industrial complex. Over the years, CR has fought and won numerous campaigns against policing and imprisonment, offering models for what winning PIC abolitionist strategy can look like. Additionally, CR has created countless political education and movement building materials, workshops, trainings, and events sharing abolitionist strategy to support movement partners advance local struggles against the PIC. The Abolitionist newspaper is one such movement building and political education resource, providing a cross-wall organizing tool for imprisoned people since 2004-2005. The Abolitionist newspaper remains CR’s longest-running project currently, and is currently sent to 5,000 imprisoned subscribers for free, and about 500 paid subscribers outside of cages.
CR first celebrated our 25 year anniversary with a fundraiser in May 2023 featuring Angela Davis, Andrea Ritchie, Ny Nourn, and Dancing Through Prison Walls in San Francisco, CA. Read about the celebration here, and more about CR’s history here.