We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice
ISBN: 164259525X
EAN13: 9781642595253
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 23, 2021
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 1" H x 8" L x 5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback

We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice

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Organizing is both science and art. It is thinking through a vision, a strategy, and then figuring out who your targets are, always being concerned about power, always being concerned about how you're going to actually build power in order to be able to push your issues, in order to be able to get the target to actually move in the way that you want to.

What if social transformation and liberation isn't about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? In this timely collection of essays and interviews, Mariame Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and transformative political struggle.

With chapters on seeking justice beyond the punishment system, transforming how we deal with harm and accountability, and finding hope in collective struggle for abolition, Kaba's work is deeply rooted in the relentless belief that we can fundamentally change the world. As Kaba writes, Nothing that we do that is worthwhile is done alone.

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   Be informed
It's filled with facts and stories of victims and how the system failed them - and us. This movement has a community-led plan based on deliberative strategies and engagement, he said. If you want to be informed, read the whole thing.
   empowering and insightful
This book was an amazing empowerment read to further anyone's journey across the ark of justice while walking or attempting to walk in abolitionist shoes.
   thank u
pls buy this book from every bookseller and dispense freely! essential reading for anyone committed to visioning — and creating. Instead of locking up the killers, they are being sent out into the harmful, profit-hungry hands of American policing prisons industrial systems. She wrote: "Thank you, kaameba, for teaching me so much." Thanks for your dedication to the cause. We thank you, Lord, for your willingness to show us the way.
   Hope IS a Discipline
I was not disappointed when I couldn't find one. I'm re-reading, giving it the attention it deserves, and soaking it in a way I didn't the first time. Yes, the revolution might not happen on our own timelines but we must hope. This has turned into my daily mantra, the way I get out of bed in the morning, because she is clear to point out that hope isn't a rosy ignorance of the treacherous truth. It's just that it's CHOOSING to keep fighting, EVEN within this mountain of treachery. Thanks to Fatima, thanks to all the others who lift up and recognize. I'm still waiting for that call to come in the mail.
   Truth about the prison industrial complex
I highly recommend this book. It shares true stories of the anguished quest for revenge and punishment for crimes that have not made us any safer. The book details how the prison system was developed out of fear and a need to keep black and brown bodies contained after the end of slavery. It suggests that there is a better way, a safer way, to make us all truly safer, that will allow for healing to victims, he said.
Yes, I have read some of the authors work before, but there were lots of new-to-me stuff in here that was just as insightful and clarifying as the old. But this book is not a simple introduction to algebra. The book contains deep concepts that require lots of reflection, Raymond said. It's great to be able to recommend it to literally everyone.
   Great Intro to Abolition!
The book makes abolition easy to understand and readers are encouraged to think of hope as a discipline.
   Transformed My Imagination
In some ways, this was my introduction to abolitionist thinking and it was life-changing, Raymond said. I can't speak highly enough of how Kabae shows the way in which policing and prisons live in our hearts and minds -- that is, we take assume their existence is necessary and part of the essential fabric of the world. His Kaba is so practical and honest, I couldn't help but notice it. She admits when she's conflicted and what she's still learning, and then states with conviction that our prisons and policing are sources of harm and precipitate cycles of violence rather than them. Overall, I'd say Dr. Goin's review was highly recommended.
   White Women who Want to do Better Must Read
I have hundreds of these through this saturated text, and plan to write lesson plans and integrate some of these into my classes. The collection was born from the roots of racial justice, Crenshaw's intersectionality, collaboration, and the idea that "hope is a discipline." We Do This Til We Free Us is a true gift that all of us were raised to not question white supremacy, Raymond said. Please make the space to read this!