Getting your feet wet: digestible and accessible material to start your understanding of abolition
Abolitionist Social Work
“Social Workers Belong in Police Departments” Is an Offensive Statement
The suggestion that social workers should join precincts denies the reality that this strategy will not fundamentally change even one of the myriad harms inflicted, on the very communities we claim to serve, by police. There is little evidence that our presence will reduce their disproportionate use of lethal force against Black, Latinx and Indigenous people; it will not prevent them from patrolling certain communities over others while serving the interests of gentrifiers; it will not demilitarize them; and it will not hold them accountable for misconduct or abuse.
Abolitionist Social Work: Possibilities, Paradox and Praxis
Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas, Mimi Kim, Kirk "Jae" James and Cameron Rasmussen
Social work, historically and today, has been deeply embedded in systems of carceral control. With social work's legacy of ties to policing and oppressive family regulation through the child welfare system, the social work community is actively imagining and working towards a social work rooted in abolition, turning to traditions of resistance that also characterize its history.
Trading Cops for Social Workers Isn’t the Solution to Police Violence
Cameron Rasmussen & Kirk “Jae” James
To transform social work, we must first reckon with how it is carried out now, as well as within the past. Social work’s reckoning must include confronting our complicity in colonization, in racial capitalism and the logics of neoliberalism, and in our relationship to the carceral state, all of which have become core to social work practice.
Family Regulation System
What You Need to Know About ACS: Parents’ Rights When Dealing With the NYC Administration for Children’s Services
The Center for Urban Pedagogy
This poster breaks down the complex and difficult to navigate ACS investigation process, so parents know what’s coming, and provides the tools to help parents know when and how to assert their rights.
Policing by Another Name: Mandated Reporting as State Surveillance
Charity Tolliver, Fallon Speaker, Shrounda Selivanoff, Elena Gormley
Webinar that provides a really great history of how the family regulation system came to be. Slides: https://www.povertylaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/spotlight-foster-system-webinar-2-policing.pdf
Justice in America Episode 23: Criminalizing Mothers
Hosts: Josie Duffy Rice & Zak Cheney-Rice
Josie Duffy Rice and guest co-host Zak Cheney-Rice talk with Emma Ketteringham, the managing director of the Bronx Defenders Family Defense Practice, about the relationship between the criminal justice system and family court, and how together they can wreak havoc on American families.
Mental Health + Disability Justice
Defund the Police - Invest in Community Care
Mimi E. Kim, Megyung Chung, Shira Hassan, Andrea J. Ritchie
The primary purpose of this guide is to serve as a pragmatic tool for individuals and communities organizing and advocating for non-police mental health crisis responses, and to offer key considerations for what can be a complex, costly, and long-term intervention strategy.
We Don’t Need Cops to Become Social Workers: We Need Peer Support + Community Response Networks
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman-Mthimkhulu
“Replace the cops with mental health workers!” is a really well-intentioned statement, but the current mental health system is also a white-dominated, violent, coercive, and unaccountable structure that disproportionately harms people of color.” — Morgan M. Page
Criminal Legal System
Angela Davis Spotify Playlist
Listen to some Angela Davis talks on Spotify
On the Road With Abolition: Assessing Our Steps Along the Way
Dean Spade, Woods Ervin, Kamau Walton, K Agbebiyi & Mariame Kaba
Watch this conversation to deepen our shared analysis and to discuss how we use abolition as a politic, practice and framework to move us toward liberation and self-determination.
Is Prison Necessary? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Might Change Your Mind
Not sure if prisons are necessary? Have Ruth WIlson Gilmore give you the run down.
Justice in America Episode 20: Mariam Kaba and Prison Abolition
Hosts: Josie Duffy Rice & Clint Smith
For those of as that have too many bookmarked articles that we'd promised ourselves we'd read later, here's a podcast epside where Mariam Kaba breaks down what abolition means to her. Transcript available.