Who We Are

The formation of this coalition was compelled by the need to draw connections between national and international struggles, and between political prisoners and social prisoners, who are mostly working-class victims of poverty, racism, marginalization and neglect. The mass uprisings against anti-Black police violence, along with the COVID-19 pandemic and the threat of imminent death faced by prisoners hastened this effort. Made up of organizations and individuals spanning five continents, our position regarding prison abolition is informed by the need for an alternative to capitalism because capitalism is carceral and authoritarian.

To learn more, please visit our About Page or read our Statement of Purpose.

Aysel Tuğluk Must Be Released Immediately: A Life of and Against the Turkish Colonial Prison System

by GPAC member Ozlem Goner “Among the thousands of Kurdish political prisoners in Turkish colonial prisons, Aysel Tuğluk, who has been in captivity for nearly five years, has been sick and her medical condition requires immediate release from prison, which the Turkish state continues to deny. Her friends report that Tuğluk’s medical condition got worse after the racist attacks during her mother’s … Continue reading Aysel Tuğluk Must Be Released Immediately: A Life of and Against the Turkish Colonial Prison System

Prison Resistance Highlights: North America

We continue highlighting instances of prison resistance from around the world on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion. Canada – On January 4, 2021, around 90 prisoners inside the Saskatoon Provincial Correctional Centre and Pine Grove Correctional Centre in Prince Albert began a hunger strike, demanding the resignation of Saskatchewan’s … Continue reading Prison Resistance Highlights: North America

Prison Resistance Highlights From Around the World: Middle East / West Asia

As we are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Attica Prison Rebellion, we will be sharing examples of prison resistance from around the world since the beginning of the pandemic. The goal is to highlight the ubiquitous struggles against carceral tools of oppression. We’re starting with Middle East / West Asia following the escape of 6 … Continue reading Prison Resistance Highlights From Around the World: Middle East / West Asia

RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) Responds to the Taliban Takeover

Interview with Afghan Women’s Mission, published on RAWA’s website. RAWA: “In the past 20 years, one of our demands was an end to the US/NATO occupation and even better if they take their Islamic fundamentalists and technocrats with them and let our people decide their own fate. This occupation only resulted in bloodshed, destruction and … Continue reading RAWA (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan) Responds to the Taliban Takeover

GPAC Panel: Global Prison Rebellions & Racial Capitalism, Sept 12, 1PM EDT

The Global Prison Abolitionist Coalition invites you to a panel titled Global Prison Rebellions and Racial Capitalism on September 12, 1PM EDT. The link to a livestream will be published before the event here. Speakers: Milena Ansari, Juliana Góes, Anthony J. Ratcliff This panel marks the 50th anniversary of the Attica rebellion. The racism, abuse, … Continue reading GPAC Panel: Global Prison Rebellions & Racial Capitalism, Sept 12, 1PM EDT

Interview with GPAC: “In Building Global Solidarity, Abolitionists Look for Links between Struggles”

by Nicole Froio for Shadowproof “From the construction of the new prisons in Egypt, to the isolation of the long imprisoned leader of the Kurdish Workers Party, Abdullan Ōcalan, the situation of political prisoners in India, the imprisoned and disappeared women in Syria, the missing people in Balochistan, and state violence in Venezuela, and many … Continue reading Interview with GPAC: “In Building Global Solidarity, Abolitionists Look for Links between Struggles”

Thinking about Abolition & Self-defense

by Nazan Üstündağ Recent history is increasingly being narrated as one of the rise of the radical right and authoritarianism in most parts of the world. It is also one where international organizations that are supposed to guarantee the universality of human rights are losing power, relevance and credibility. There is however, another story to … Continue reading Thinking about Abolition & Self-defense

Abolition x Communism with our member Joy James

Seminar by UC Davis Humanities Institute with Silvia Federici, Joy James, Charmaine Chua and Kathi Weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvPNr1LD0c0 “This event brings together our favorite thinkers of both abolition and communism not as official upper-case ideologies but as lower-case ideas about how to organize social existence. While some would say that each implies the other, tensions between … Continue reading Abolition x Communism with our member Joy James

Study: 35 new prisons ordered built in Egypt in last 10 years

Published by Mada Masr “Egyptian authorities have issued orders to build 35 new prisons in the last ten years, according to a report published by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) on Sunday, including six ordered built within just the past three months. Lawyer Nasser Amin, a member of the National Council for Human Rights, … Continue reading Study: 35 new prisons ordered built in Egypt in last 10 years

İmralı Peace Delegation 2021 Report

On the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the abduction of the leader of the Kurdish freedom movement, Abdullah Öcalan, an international peace delegation convened for the purpose of a virtual fact finding mission. The delegation consisted of ten members, including prominent politicians, trade unionists, academics, lawyers, and social movement activists, hailing from a diverse … Continue reading İmralı Peace Delegation 2021 Report