The Abolitionist, launched in the spring of 2005, is a bilingual (English/Spanish) publication dedicated to the strategy and practice of prison industrial complex abolition. It is distributed absolutely free of charge to over 5,500 people in prisons, jails, and detention centers throughout the US, who in turn share the paper with many more of their fellow prisoners.
1,500 new imprisoned subscribers joined us in 2016-2017, thanks to your support! Outside subscribers enable imprisoned people to receive this valuable political tool for free.
Each issue has a theme, and features articles and art from contributors inside and outside prisons. Past contributors include Mumia Abu Jamal, Marilyn Buck, Linda Evans, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Dylan Rodriguez, Andrea Smith, Andrea Ritchie, J. Soffiyah Elijah, and Jerome Miller-- just to name a few.
The Abolitionist is a major organizing tool with and for people who are locked up. An important forum for prisoner voices, the paper provides a valuable source of news and analysis on the issues that affect prisoners and state-targeted communities nation-wide. Topics covered range from re-entry to the criminalization of immigrants to prisoner health care to alternative visions, practices and models for a safer, more humane world.
As George Jackson said: The point is…in the face of what we confront, to fight and win. That's the real objective: not just to make statements, no matter how noble, but to destroy the system that oppresses us. By any means available to us. And to do this, we must be connected, in contact and communication with those in the struggle on the outside.