Now is the time to #DefundthePolice and abolish prisons to create the more just and more loving feminist world we deserve.
As a result of the uprisings happening around the country, the decades long strategic organizing of Black feminist movement builders and theorists, and the clear articulation of a platform of demands by The Movement for Black Lives, we are living through a historic moment of possibility around reimagining safety and justice in this country. We believe that defunding the police and abolishing prisons is not only possible, it is a necessary step towards creating a feminist vision of health, safety, and security for all people in this country, but especially for Black people who are overwhelmingly the victims of police and prison violence. Many people have not yet had the opportunity or the cause to think about alternatives to police or prisons and so this concept may sound outlandish or terrifying. This list of resources and books is not only about divestment (pulling resources away from policing and prisons) but also investment (redirecting the majority of the massive police, prison, and military budgets at every level of this country to proven alternatives that increase safety--including better physical and mental healthcare, equitable free education, sexual abuse and sexual violence education and prevention, housing programs that help people stay in their homes and aquire safe housing, drug and alcohol programs that support the wellness of individuals instead of criminalizing behavior, reproductive care for people across the spectrum of their lives and their choices about building families--just to name a few).
Some people fear that divesting from police and prisons will make people more likely to be victims of crime or will make those who have already experienced harm even more vulnerable. One way to begin exploring alternatives to police and prisons is to consider the concept of Transformative Justice, which encourages a process where all the stakeholders affected by an injustice have an opportunity to discuss how they have been affected by the injustice and to decide what should be done to repair the harm. Transformative Justice also considers the individual in relation to societal factors that influence behavior and seeks pathways for resolution that also make society as a whole more just. To be clear, this is a long term shift of values, funding, and priorities in which new systems must be built to create containers of safety and accountability for harm. One of the ways we can begin to create the world that we want to inhabit is to open our minds and hearts to what actual justice might look like and feel like outside a retributive or "eye for an eye" model.
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If you have not yet read The Movement for Black Lives full policy platform we encourage you to do so, but especially the platform on police and prisons so you can better understand the demands we are fighting for.
We love this well sourced and researched article from lesbian/queer magazine, Autostraddle, it's a great explainer and introduction to these concepts: Police and Prison Abolition 101: A Syllabus and FAQ
If you would like to work locally to defund prisons and the police consider the following actions:
Go to https://defund12.org/atlanta and use the template to draft a letter before June 15, 2020 asking for funds to be redirected from APD in the 2021 budget and allocated to other more pro-human budget items.
Support Women on the Rise's work to hold the Atlanta City Council's feet to the fire to defund the Atlanta City Jail and turn it into a positive space for the city.
Suggested actions in your personal sphere:
Encourage your school, church, gym, or other institution to cancel its contract with the police or private security.
Get rid of your Ring doorbell camera or other devices that are frequently used to profile Black people. Here's the ACLU's position on this.
Delete your "Next Door" account or commit to actively interrupting every instance of profiling you see on your neighborhood list. If you aren't interrupting you are condoning. Here's more info about NextDoor's long game.
Delete your Amazon account (yeah yeah this is self-serving because Amazon is our #1 nemesis for many reasons but you should know what your money supports.) How Amazon's Ring works with Police. Amazon is the backbone of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which is still caging children and adults at the U.S. border.
We encourage you to explore this list of books. On this list you will find books about the history of policing--its roots in slavery--and why it is an inherently anti-Black institution that cannot be reformed. You will find feminist critiques of the police and prison systems. You will find first person accounts by Black activists on the harms of policing and prisons and the necessity of abolition. Finally, you will find a wealth of books on the roots of Transformative Justice--ideas that come from many places including Black Feminist theory, Reproductive Justice, the Christian Left, Disability Justice Movements, and Queer Kin and Accountability Networks. As feminists we believe it is not simply our duty to tear things down, it is primarily our duty to imagine a more beautiful, healthy, and life-affirming future for all people. We hope you will consider these resources and begin thinking about actions, large and small, that you can take to divest from police and prisons in your life.
Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at the grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. Community-based approaches to preventing crime and repairing its damage have existed for centuries. However, in the punative atmosphere of contemporary criminal justice systems, they are often marginalized and operate under the radar.
With her characteristic brilliance, grace and radical audacity, Angela Y. Davis has put the case for the latest abolition movement in American life: the abolition of the prison. As she quite correctly notes, American life is replete with abolition movements, and when they were engaged in these struggles, their chances of success seemed almost unthinkable.
“A passionate, incisive critique of the many ways in which women and girls of color are systematically erased or marginalized in discussions of police violence.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
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Black women in marginalized communities are uniquely at risk of battering, rape, sexual harassment, stalking and incest. Through the compelling stories of Black women who have been most affected by racism, persistent poverty, class inequality, limited access to support resources or institutions, Beth E.
This vital addition to carceral, prison, and disability studies draws important new links between deinstitutionalization and decarceration
Prison abolition and decarceration are increasingly debated, but it is often without taking into account the largest exodus of people from carceral facilities in the twentieth century: the closure of disability institutions an
A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.
Fumbling Towards Repair is a workbook by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan that includes reflection questions, skill assessments, facilitation tips, helpful definitions, activities, and hard-learned lessons intended to support people who have taken on the coordination and facilitation of formal community accountability processes to address interpersonal harm & violence.
In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice.
2020 Lambda Literary Award winner for best LGBTQ anthology
A crucial indictment of widely embraced "alternatives to incarceration" that exposes how many of these new approaches actually widen the net of punishment and surveillance
"But what does it mean--really--to celebrate reforms that convert your home into your prison?"
--Michelle Alexander, from the foreword
Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize for an Especially Notable Book
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
The book connects with the growing Black Lives Matter movement, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement that has intensified since Israel's latest assualt on GazaAngela Davis is internationally renowned and among the most well respected voices and leaders in the civil rights and black liberation movement who regularly draws crowds of over 1,000.
With race and the police once more burning issues, this classic work from one of America’s giants of black radicalism has lost none of its prescience or power
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Expanding the social justice discourse surrounding "reproductive rights" to include issues of environmental justice, incarceration, poverty, disability, and more, this crucial anthology explores the practical applications for activist thought migrating from the community into the academy.
Profound meditations on life, death, freedom, family, and faith, written by radical Black journalist, Mumia Abu-Jamal, while he was awaiting his execution.
In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.
"A powerful — and personal — account of the movement and its players."—The Washington Post
“This perceptive resource on radical black liberation movements in the 21st century can inform anyone wanting to better understand . . .
Explores accountability as a framework for building movements to transform systemic oppression and violence
Many feminists grapple with the problem of hyper-incarceration in the United States, and yet commentators on gender crime continue to assert that criminal law is not tough enough. This punitive impulse, prominent legal scholar Aya Gruber argues, is dangerous and counterproductive.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A renowned journalist and legal commentator exposes the unchecked power of the prosecutor as a driving force in America’s mass incarceration crisis—and charts a way out.
This provocative account of our immigration system's long, racist history reveals how it has become the brutal machine that upends the lives of millions of immigrants today.$27.00ISBN: 9780465093793Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Basic Books - December 31st, 2018
A revelatory account of the misdemeanor machine that unjustly brands millions of Americans as criminals.$22.46ISBN: 9780807029701Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020
A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment$24.29ISBN: 9781620974797Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - March 5th, 2019
--Michelle Alexander, New York Times columnist and author of The New Jim Crow
In the eloquent tradition of Bryan Stevenson's Just Mercy, an award-winning leader in the movement to end mass incarceration takes on the vexing problem of violent crime$22.49ISBN: 9781620975275Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - October 29th, 2019
From an award-winning civil rights lawyer, a profound challenge to our society's normalization of the caging of human beings, and the role of the legal profession in perpetuating it$25.25ISBN: 9780691196114Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Princeton University Press - August 27th, 2019
An eye-opening account of the criminal justice system's often overlooked creaky gears.--Sam Roberts, New York Times$13.50ISBN: 9781849353588Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: AK Press - June 18th, 2019
As Nora Samaran writes, "violence is nurturance turned backwards." In its place, she proposes "nurturance culture" as the opposite of rape culture, suggesting that models of care and accountability--different from "call-outs" rooted in the politics of guilt--can move toward dismantling systems of dominance and oppression.$16.20ISBN: 9780735223608Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019
An enraging, necessary look at the private prison system, and a convincing clarion call for prison reform.” —NPR.orgEmail or call for priceISBN: 9780807071861Availability: Special OrderPublished: Beacon Press - March 26th, 2019
A narrative-driven exploration of policing and the punishment of disadvantage in Chicago, and a new vision for repairing urban neighborhoods$10.80ISBN: 9781948501019Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Detritus Books - August 21st, 2018
Since the civil rights era, the doctrine of nonviolence has enjoyed near-universal acceptance by the US Left. Today protest is often shaped by cooperation with state authorities--even organizers of rallies against police brutality apply for police permits, and anti-imperialists usually stop short of supporting self-defense and armed resistance.$13.46ISBN: 9781635900026Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Semiotext(e) - February 23rd, 2018
Essays on the contemporary continuum of incarceration: the biopolitics of juvenile delinquency, predatory policing, the political economy of fees and fines, and algorithmic policing.
What we see happening in Ferguson and other cities around the country is not the creation of livable spaces, but the creation of living hells.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781620971635Availability: Special OrderPublished: New Press - October 31st, 2017
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The Revolution Starts at Home is as urgently needed today as when it was first published. This watershed collection breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the "secret" of intimate violence within social justice circles. Just as importantly, it provides practical strategies for dealing with abuse and creating safety without relying on the coercive power of the state.$17.96ISBN: 9781784783167Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Verso - May 24th, 2016
How policing became the major political issue of our timeEmail or call for priceISBN: 9781849351744Availability: BackorderedPublished: AK Press - February 9th, 2016
"There was a time I believed prisons existed to rehabilitate people, to make our communities safer. . . . When I saw for the first time (but not the last) a mother sobbing and clutching her son when visiting hours were up, only to be physically pried off and escorted out by guards, I knew nothing about that made me safer. This is the heart of this country's prison system.$18.00ISBN: 9781849352345Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: AK Press - October 27th, 2015
Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the prison industrial complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics for a new understanding of how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity.$19.80ISBN: 9781849352154Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: AK Press - August 18th, 2015
Let's begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing. The police represent the most direct means by which the state imposes its will on the citizenry. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.$22.50ISBN: 9780300227116Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Yale University Press - February 21st, 2017Winner of the 2017 Frederick Douglass Prize
A groundbreaking history of abolition that recovers the largely forgotten role of African Americans in the long march toward emancipation from the American Revolution through the Civil War
Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic con$28.79ISBN: 9780521600859Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Cambridge University Press - August 1st, 2009
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Changes in the American religious landscape enabled the rise of mass incarceration. Religious ideas and practices also offer a key for ending mass incarceration. These are the bold claims advanced by Break Every Yoke, the joint work of two activist-scholars of American religion.Email or call for priceISBN: 9780807041550Availability: Special OrderPublished: Beacon Press - March 6th, 2018
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On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J.$16.20ISBN: 9780143105329Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Penguin Classics - September 29th, 2009
The searing, visionary memoir of founding Black Panther Huey P. Newton, in a dazzling graphic package$25.16ISBN: 9780520293281Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of California Press - October 25th, 2016This timely special edition, published on the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, features a new preface by the authors that places the Party in a contemporary political landscape, especially as it relates to Black Lives Matter and other struggles to fight police brutality against black communities.
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community col$17.99ISBN: 9781684154791Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Archaia - February 18th, 2020
A graphic novel memoir from Frank “Big Black” Smith, a prisoner at Attica State Prison in 1971, whose rebellion against the injustices of the prison system remains one of the bloodiest civil rights confrontations in American history.
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This groundbreaking historical expose unearths the lost stories of enslaved persons and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Emancipation Proclamation and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude shortly thereafter in “The Age of Neoslavery.”$14.40ISBN: 9780807028346Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020
Winner of the 2020 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award
Drawing on personal stories, research, and historical events, an esteemed educator offers a vision of educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.$13.49ISBN: 9781680990560Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Good Books - October 13th, 2015
For the first time, the four most popular restorative justice books in the Justice & Peacebuilding series—The Little Book of Restorative Justice: Revised and Updated, The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing, The Little Book of Family Group Conferences, and The Little Book of Circle Processes—are available in one affordable volume.
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"Do not underestimate the power of the book you are holding in your hands."
--Michelle Alexander$14.95ISBN: 9781604860344Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: PM Press - September 1st, 2008One out of every hundred adults in the U.S. is in prison. This book provides a crash course in what drives mass incarceration, the human and community costs, and how to stop the numbers from going even higher. This volume collects the three comic books published by the Real Cost of Prisons Project.$27.45ISBN: 9780252084126Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: University of Illinois Press - March 2nd, 2019During the 1970s, grassroots women activists in and outside of prisons forged a radical politics against gender violence and incarceration. Emily L.$17.96ISBN: 9781517906887Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 26th, 2019
From broken-window policing in Detroit to prison-building in Appalachia, exploring the expansion of the carceral state and its oppressive social relations into everyday life
Prison Land offers a geographic excavation of the prison as a set of social relations—including property, work, gender, and race—enacted across various landscapes of American life.$29.70ISBN: 9780814723760Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New York University Press - November 12th, 2012
Winner of the 2013 John Hope Franklin Book Prize presented by the American Studies Association Social Death tackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship--that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence.$17.10ISBN: 9780830845293Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: IVP Books - February 6th, 2018
The United States has more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices.
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- 16th Annual Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year - Social Issues/Justice$26.99ISBN: 9781107030176Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Cambridge University Press - March 12th, 2020
Policing the Womb brings to life the chilling ways in which women have become the targets of secretive state surveillance of their pregnancies. Michele Goodwin expands the reproductive health and rights debate beyond abortion to include how legislators increasingly turn to criminalizing women for miscarriages, stillbirths, and threatening the health of their pregnancies.Email or call for priceISBN: 9780896087293Availability: Special OrderPublished: South End Press - November 1st, 2004
"If you have come to help me, please go away. But, if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, let us work together."--Lila Watson, Aboriginal Activist
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From intimate relationships to global politics, Sarah Schulman observes a continuum: that inflated accusations of harm are used to avoid accountability. Illuminating the difference between Conflict and Abuse, Schulman directly addresses our contemporary culture of scapegoating.$23.36ISBN: 9780822362951Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Duke University Press - August 12th, 2016
The editors and contributors to Color of Violence ask: What would it take to end violence against women of color? Presenting the fierce and vital writing of organizers, lawyers, scholars, poets, and policy makers, Color of Violence radically repositions the antiviolence movement by putting women of color at its center.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781551301747Availability: Special OrderPublished: Canadian Scholars Press - January 1st, 2000$13.46ISBN: 9781944934255Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Thorntree Press - October 27th, 2017Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission?” Violating consent isn’t limited to sexual relationships, and our discussions around consent shouldn’t be, either. To resist rape culture, we need a consent culture—and one that is more than just reactionary.$19.79ISBN: 9780836199475Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Herald Press (VA) - June 10th, 2015
Does the criminal justice system actually help victims and offenders? What does justice look like for those who have been harmed? For those who have done harm? Twenty-five years after it was first published, Changing Lenses by Howard Zehr remains the classic text of the restorative justice field.Email or call for priceISBN: 9781552664254Availability: BackorderedPublished: Fernwood Publishing - August 1st, 2011Email or call for priceISBN: 9781626568419Availability: BackorderedPublished: Berrett-Koehler Publishers - September 12th, 2016
Create a Culture of Belonging!
$14.39ISBN: 9780827237155Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Chalice Press - November 7th, 2017
The world around us is a wreck. When there's so much conflict around the country and around the corner, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, powerless, and helpless. What can one person do to make a difference?$26.09ISBN: 9781620972977Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New Press - April 14th, 2020
A scathing and original look at the racist origins of psychiatry, through the story of the largest mental institution in the world
Today, 90 percent of psychiatric beds are located in jails and prisons across the United States, institutions that confine disproportionate numbers of African Americans.$17.96ISBN: 9781608468997Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Haymarket Books - October 9th, 2018
Long Term Offenders, or LTOs, is the state's term for those it condemns to effective death by imprisonment. Often serving sentences of sixty to eighty years, LTOs bear the brunt of the bipartisan embrace of mass incarceration heralded by the "tough on crime" agenda of the 1990s and 2000s.$5.39ISBN: 9781561485239Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Good Books - August 1st, 2006
Over 170,000 copies sold! Restorative justice argues that crime destroys people and relationships. Justice, then, must repair and rebuild people and relationships. This is true for men and women that are incarcerated as it is for victims.
The more than 2.3 million incarcerated individuals in the United States are often regarded as a throw-away population.$5.39ISBN: 9781680993431Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Good Books - April 16th, 2019
In our era of mass incarceration, gun violence, and Black Lives Matters, a handbook showing how racial justice and restorative justice can transform the African-American experience in America.
This timely work will inform scholars and practitioners on the subjects of pervasive racial inequity and the healing offered by restorative justice practices.$5.39ISBN: 9781680993622Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Good Books - January 1st, 2019
This book introduces Coming to the Table’s approach to a continuously evolving set of purposeful theories, ideas, experiments, guidelines, and intentions, all dedicated to facilitating racial healing and transformation.
People of color, relative to white people, fall on the negative side of virtually all measurable social indicators.$17.96ISBN: 9781623173876Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: North Atlantic Books - November 19th, 2019
An essential tool for healers, therapists, activists, and survivors of trauma who are interested in a justice-centered approach to somatic transformationEmail or call for priceISBN: 9781849352468Availability: BackorderedPublished: AK Press - June 28th, 2016
Cindy Crabb provides a DIY tour of the promise and perils of sexual relationships in Learning Good Consent. Building ethical relationships is one of the most important things we can do, but sex, consent, abuse, and support can get complicated. This collection is an indispensable guide to both preventing sexual violence and helping its survivors to heal.$6.26ISBN: 9781621069669Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Microcosm Publishing - November 28th, 2017
Support encourages everyone to take a step back, listen, think, and talk about sex, consent, violence, and abuse. If you or someone you know have ever been assaulted or victimized, how to be an ally can be confusing. These words and the connection they offer can help.$13.50ISBN: 9781849353564Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: AK Press - May 14th, 2019
Shawna Potter, singer for the band War On Women, has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. Taking the battle to music venues themselves, she has trained night clubs and community spaces in how to create safer environments for marginalized people.$17.96ISBN: 9781786630148Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Verso - March 13th, 2018
Radical glossary of the vocabulary of policing that redefines the very way we understand law enforcement
It doesn’t take firsthand experience to learn the meaning of pain compliance or rough ride.$8.99ISBN: 9781503933392Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Little a - September 20th, 2016
An urgent, compact manifesto that will teach you how to protect your rights, your freedom, and your future when talking to police.$11.69ISBN: 9781250044457Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Square Fish - August 12th, 2014
No Choirboy takes readers inside America's prisons and allows inmates sentenced to death as teenagers to speak for themselves. In their own voices—raw and uncensored—they talk about their lives in prison and share their thoughts and feelings about how they ended up there.$17.09ISBN: 9780525580034Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Delacorte Press - September 18th, 2018
The young adult adaptation of the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Just Mercy--now a major motion picture starring Michael B. Jordan, Jaime Foxx, and Brie Larson and the subject of an HBO documentary feature!$17.06ISBN: 9781400078240Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Vintage - August 22nd, 2017
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We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system? Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world's largest jailer: the United States.$35.20ISBN: 9781479812707Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: New York University Press - May 19th, 2020
Shows how reproductive justice organizations' collaborative work across racial lines provides a compelling model for other groups to successfully influence change$11.66ISBN: 9781554518098Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Annick Press - October 11th, 2016
What if there were no prisons? Alternative approaches to dealing with crime are underway around the world to explore how victims, offenders, and communities can heal rifts and repair damage. It's often called restorative justice. It's a way to think about the deeper reasons behind crimes, and suggests that by building more caring communities, it's possible to change our societies--and ourselves.$15.29ISBN: 9781580058070Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Hachette Go - June 2nd, 2020
An Invitation to Community and Models for Connection$16.16ISBN: 9781946764430Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Parallax Press - January 14th, 2020
Activists and change agents, restorative justice practitioners, faith leaders, and anybody engaged in social progress and shifting society will find this mindful approach to nonviolent action indispensable.$19.80ISBN: 9781583673607Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Monthly Review Press - August 1st, 2013
While the Civil Rights Movement is remembered for efforts to end segregation and secure the rights of African Americans, the larger economic vision that animated much of the movement is often overlooked today. That vision sought economic justice for every person in the United States, regardless of race.$18.00ISBN: 9780807051153Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Beacon Press - January 24th, 2012
A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system
$15.30ISBN: 9780374537449Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 DaysPublished: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2018
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