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RESOURCES

As a collective of loose activists, we come together not just for our communities but also to help each other grow as individual leaders. The first step to growth is learning, whether it be about anti-racism or abolition. Self-care is also a form of protest, and we can engage in it through learning, overcoming our biases, holding ourselves accountable, and expanding our knowledge on important issues.

 

Here, we've compiled important resources on topics ranging from police and prison abolition to the complex histories of colonialism.

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THE fundamentals

A compilation of books, documentaries, and speeches that serve as the first steps to understanding the carceral state, abolition, and the words of prominent Black activists.

WATCH:

13th, a documentary on Netflix

Immigration Nation, a docuseries on Netflix

LISTEN:

TED Talk: What does a world without prisons look like? by Deanna Van Buren

READ:

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale (Read an excerpt here)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

NAACP Criminal Justice Fact Sheet

Malcolm X’s The Ballot or the Bullet Speech (transcript), delivered on April 3, 1964

Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

RECOMMENDED READINGS

 

The Wretched of the Earth by Franz Fanon
Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis
Assata: An Autobiography

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dubar-Ortiz

Call It What It Is: Anti-Blackness by Kihana Miraya Ross