Dear friends, supporters and comrades,
We've been incredibly busy this year strengthening campaigns, building relationships, sharing resources, and scaling up our organization, coalitions, networks and the movement to dismantle the prison industrial complex (PIC). As we look to our past, take stock of the present, and dream about what is to come— we know that this is a significant milestone. This year marks 20 years since the first Critical Resistance conference. We invite you to join us in celebrating our successes and to invest in the future of Critical Resistance.
The organizational work of Critical Resistance (CR) that emerged immediately after the historic 1998 conference popularized the idea of the PIC and made "abolition" a practical theory of change.
In the past twenty years, we have hosted 4 national conferences, developed creative campaigns and projects across the country, and re-ignited a grassroots movement to challenge the idea that imprisonment and social control equal safety. Our campaigns, vision and strategies have been shared and used as blue-prints across the US and internationally, touched millions of lives, and seeded abolition into anti-prison and anti-policing resistance.
This is a crucial time to shift common sense away from hatred, disposability and criminalization and toward health, self-determination and freedom. CR's work bridges educational culture-shift work and strategic grassroots campaigns that challenge jails, prisons, and policing policies and their material existence.
Thank you for joining us on this transformative path.
Together, we will continue to build the movement to dismantle the prison industrial complex and make real our steps towards the abolitionist horizon!
With deep appreciation,
Jess Heaney Lily Fahsi-Haskell Mohamed Shehk
Critical Resistance Co-Directors
And the CR National Fundraising Committee
P.S. Our organizing is growing and we need your support. Every gift will help expand what we imagine is possible and advance concrete wins for our people in these dire yet inspiring times.