[Pnews] Colin Kaepernick: “Abolition for the People”

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Kaepernick: “Abolition for the People”
October 6, 2020

Kaepernick Publishing
 and LEVEL
a Medium publication, today launched “Abolition For the People: The
Movement For A Future Without Policing & Prisons
<https://level.medium.com/abolition-for-the-people-397ef29e3ca5>,” a
project that “seeks to introduce abolitionist values, practices, histories,
and ambitions to an audience that is looking for a path to a better and
more just society.”

Colin Kaepernick envisioned and curated this month-long collection of 30
essays, in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor,
which he writes in his introduction to the collection
“forced our nation to grapple with not only the devastation of police
terrorism, but also the institutions that constitute, enhance, and expand
the carceral state.”

Written by political prisoners, family members of those impacted by police
terrorism and incarceration, organizers, movement leaders, and scholars,
the pieces will be published over the next four weeks.

The package launches with the genesis and histories of the institutions and
practices of police, policing, prisons, and carcerality. The necessary
ahistorical context these pieces provide will be followed by perspectives
on why reform is not a viable solution to the carceral state, and conclude
with solution-oriented ideas on how abolition can be accomplished now and
what an abolitionist future could look like.

Colin gathered respected leaders on abolition to build and support his
stance on a society without police,” says Jermaine Hall, Director, Medium
Editorial Group. “He delivered a comprehensive body of work to amplify a
national conversation.

In June, Medium announced that Kaepernick joined the organization’s Board
of Directors and was partnering with Kaepernick Publishing to create
feature content focused on Black Freedom in the United States. “Abolition
for the People” is the first collaboration.

*More about “Abolition For the People: The Movement For A Future Without
Policing & Prisons”*

The package will be introduced on October 6th with two pieces: one from
Colin Kaepernick sharing personal anecdotes and political analysis and the
other from Dr. Angela Davis, who will introduce a framework for abolition.

In addition to week one’ two introductory pieces, readers will learn about
the historical and contemporary intent and purpose of policing, and the
destructive, dehumanizing, terroristic, and oppressive effects it has on

Contributors to this section will be Mama Gwendolyn Woods, Kiese Laymon,
Dr. Simone Brown, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Dr. Stuart Schrader, Talilia
Lewis, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and Dr. Kihana Ross.

The second week of the package will include essays on the history of race,
prisons, and the practice of carcerality in the U.S context.

Contributors to this section will be Morning Star Gali, Dr. Ameer Loggins,
Dr. Jody D. Armour, Cristina Jimenez, Cynthia Garcia, Dean Spade, Kenyon
Farrow, Russell Maroon Shoatz Jr., and Russell Maroon Shoatz III.
The framework and histories in the initial two weeks of the package will
lay a foundation for readers in the third week, which will delve into the
internal mechanics of reform and why it not only has failed to address the
concerns of marginalized communities but has further naturalized and
legitimized policing and prisons as a commonsensical and unproblematic

Contributors to this section will be: Derrick Hamilton, Dr. Naomi Murakawa,
Bree Newsome, Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Dr. Dylan Rodriguez, and Derecka Purnell.

The series will culminate in the fourth week with pieces that lay out a
vision of what abolition is, what it seeks to accomplish, how it will be
accomplished, and that an abolitionist future is the only way toward the
liberation of humanity.

Contributors to this section will be: Mumia Abu-Jamal, Dr. Robin D.G.
Kelley, Marlon Peterson, Rukia Lumumba, Dan Berger, David Stein, Frieda
Afary, Lara Al-Kateb, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Mariame Kaba.
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