Critical Resistance organizes in various campaigns and projects that challenge the system of policing. Because policing is often the first point of contact our communities have with the prison industrial complex, our work seeks to chip away at the power of policing, reduce its scope in our lives, build alternatives to make it obsolete, and ultimately abolish policing.

Largely led by our Oakland chapter historically, Critical Resistance has waged several campaigns against the institution of policing over the years. In 2009, after a transit cop in Oakland, CA executed Oscar Grant III on a train platform on New Years Eve, Critical Resistance adapted our anti-expansion organizing strategy from stopping prison construction in California to targeting policing.

Our strategies, analysis and style of organizing has led to three historic victories against policing and has created countless organizing resources for the movement. From stopping gang injunctions, to ending military and weapons expo trainings and dismantling gang task forces of police departments, Critical Resistance focuses on strategically identifying a key part of the institution of policing to dismantle. We select a high-impact issue to organize around, build coalition of movement partners to come together around abolitionist demands and we work to steadily chip away at the institution of policing.

Stop the Injunctions rally outside Oakland courthouse
Stop Urban Shield mobilization, CA
Stop the Injunctions community garden project
Care Not Cops mobilization, Portland OR

Anti-Policing Campaigns & Projects

Check out our past and present campaigns and projects that work toward abolishing policing and building healthy, sustainable, vibrant and self-determined communities.

Want to learn more about Critical Resistance’s approach to organizing against policing?

Check out our new campaign toolkit for abolishing policing: “Our Communities, Our Solutions,” packed full of numerous resources and tools for developing strong abolitionist, grassroots campaigns against policing.


Take Action

Train with Critical Resistance to develop campaigns to abolish policing!

In 2020, Critical Resistance released a new toolkit packed full of resources for building winning anti-policing campaigns.

Request CR members facilitate a two-hour training with your organization or coalition to develop your own campaign to abolish policing in your community.

Review the toolkit here and submit a Workshop Request here.


Through our campaigns and projects resisting policing, Critical Resistance has generated numerous organizing tools for abolitionists to use in our work against policing, criminalization, and surveillance.

Reformist Reforms vs Abolitionist Reforms to Policing – CHART! 
These charts break down the difference between reformist reforms which continue or expand the reach of policing, and abolitionist steps that work to chip away and reduce its overall impact.