Abolition Sunday, June 13, 2021
The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration.
“There are 2.2 million people in the nation’s prisons and jails—a 500% increase over the last 40 years, despite increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not an effective means of achieving public safety.” – The Sentencing Project
1 min: Watch Mary Hooks, “What is the Prison Industrial Complex?”
4 min: Watch Angela Davis, “The Shifting Concept of the Prison Industrial Complex”
3 min: Watch Ruth Wilson Gilmore, “When the Prison Industrial Complex Masquerades as Social Welfare”
30 min: Read Eve Goldberg and Linda Evans, “The Prison Industrial Complex and the Global Economy”
6 min: Read Mia Armstrong, “Here’s Why Abolishing Private Prisons Isn’t a Silver Bullet”
10 min: Read: Livia Luan, “Profiting from Enforcement: The Role of Private Prisons in U.S. Immigration Detention”
I also HIGHLY recommend:
- Interview with Brett Story, filmmaker “The Prison in 12 Landscapes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=BbC3ZskZqIQ If you have Amazon Prime, you can rent the film for $4.99 here: https://www.amazon.com/ Prison-Twelve-Landscapes- Brett-Story/dp/B07M659LRB
Also current campaign illustrating how to carceral system’s revolving door is perpetuated and call to action:
- People versus Mark Clements
- Graphic to download and share to demand Kim Foxx drop charges against Mark Clements, survivor of police torture