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.
It’s been almost two months since the massive fire in Burundi’s Gitega central prison on 7 December 2021, which killed at least 38 prisoners and injured 69 others. To this date, no proper investigation has taken place by the Burundian government of what caused the fire, and the actions of the prison administration.The numbers and … Continue reading After the Fire in Burundi’s Gitega Prison
By Global Prison Abolitionist Coalition For the last three years, since the start of the pandemic in 2019, the globally incarcerated population held in carceral spaces of state violence has been one of the most affected demographics. From prisons to concentration camps to refugee detention centers, not only have incarcerated and detained people been made … Continue reading From Rikers Island to Palestine & beyond: Solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike!
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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