Notes on Prisons in Brazil

By Gabriel Silva and Heloisa Yoshioka First published at the Genfangenen Info magazine #424 The origins of prisons in Brazil The context of the beginning of prisons in Brasil was the colonial exploitation based on slavery by the Portuguese, mainly of enslaved workers from Africa, but also of the native population (indigenous). Therefore, until today it’s … Continue reading Notes on Prisons in Brazil

Black Lives Matter: We Remember George Floyd

By Robert Cuffy Featured image, of a burning AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., during protests on May 31, courtesy Evan Vucci/AP Originally Published on Abolition Journal “Knowing my brother is to love my brother. “He’s a gentle giant, he don’t hurt anybody.” – Philonise Floyd. The history of international capitalism is indissolubly bound up with the … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: We Remember George Floyd

Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Romarilyn Ralston Originally published in OpenDemocracy Authoritarian capitalism and the prison industrial complex is a two-tiered tyrannical system designed to enslave through mass incarceration. Children with incarcerated parents are 6-9 times more likely to become incarcerated themselves. Black children are seven-and-a-half times more likely than White children to have a parent in prison, and Latino … Continue reading Revisiting the Prison Industrial Complex

Support Jalil Muntaqim’s Medical Parole and Commutation of his Sentence

To: New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) Commissioner Anthony Annucci Campaign created by Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition Originally published on OrganizeFor We strongly support Medical Parole and the Commutation to time served for Jalil Muntaquim. We are confident that his release poses no danger to … Continue reading Support Jalil Muntaqim’s Medical Parole and Commutation of his Sentence

Gender Violence, Political Activism & Imprisonment in Egypt

While nine years ago female protesters struggled with violence on the street, female dissidents today face worse consequences in political prisons. This includes the famous human rights lawyer Mahienour El Massry, who has been in and out of prison for the past 15 years. By Yasmin Originally published by The Alliance of Middle Eastern and … Continue reading Gender Violence, Political Activism & Imprisonment in Egypt

To Hongkongers: How can we understand ‘Black Lives Matter’?

By Samuel Chan and Alex Chowon June 8, 2020 Originally published in Lausan Original: 【如何理解 Black Lives Matters?暴動是不被傾聽者的語言】, published in Matters Translators: ah boat, P, LWH This article has been edited for precision and clarity. If you would like to be involved in our translation work, please get in touch here. As white police officer Derrick … Continue reading To Hongkongers: How can we understand ‘Black Lives Matter’?

We can’t let China apologists stop us from supporting Black Lives Matter

Building global solidarity is necessary to fight the global conditions of our struggles. By JN Chien and JSon June 18, 2020 Read the article in Chinese. Originally published in Lausan The Sunrise Movement, a youth-led climate organization, had plans to host an exchange with a Hong Kong activist called “Learning From Hong Kong.” The idea … Continue reading We can’t let China apologists stop us from supporting Black Lives Matter

Open letter defending Kurdish women political prisoners

Golrokh Iraee’s letter from inside the Varamin-Qarchak prison; the pressures on #Zeynab Jalalian continue. Originally published by The Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists Zeinab Jalalian is one of the longest serving political prisoner in Iran. After enduring years of incarceration and torture in several prisons and detention centers, she has been transferred … Continue reading Open letter defending Kurdish women political prisoners

Transformative justice & anti-carceral politics

The Global Prison Abolition Coalition invites you to a panel on Transformative Justice and anti-carceral politics.

The main driver behind the public’s rejection to abolitionist movements is the fear that there might be no alternative to prisons. This notion widely pushed by the state as well as other institutions that benefit from the carceral system is not true. There are alternative ways to think about justice beyond prisons and state punishment. This panel will address one such alternative: Transformative Justice (TJ).

Transformative Justice entails a political approach that seeks to build a anti-carceral politics while engaging in harm/violence reduction. This panel will unpack different understandings of abolitionism generated from an internationalist & anti-capitalist politics. The speakers will explore the history and significance of TJ in three locations, namely, Bolivia, Rojava in Northern Syria, and the United States. […]