abolishing solitary confinement. Remember when it was a cause célèbre? And not just within the American prison movement. The mainstream media, including the New York Times and The New Yorker, was on the bandwagon. Articles, essays, and books exposing the widespread and deleterious practice were everywhere. Even the United Nations had something to say, condemning … Continue reading Incapacitated

Update from Stevie, post-repression

"The trouble is that once you see it, you can't unsee it. And once you've seen it, keeping quiet, saying nothing, becomes as political an act as speaking out. There's no innocence. Either way, you're accountable.". -Arundhati Roy Solidarity behind the walls often requires that one be more than an ally. One must be willing … Continue reading Update from Stevie, post-repression

Security Does Not Mean Safety: #1

As an incarcerated penal abolitionist, I’m often asked by other prisoners: what do we do about murderers and rapists? When this happens, I acknowledge the fears that people convicted of these crimes might harm others, but I ask the questioner what their real concern is. Invariably and resoundingly, it’s safety—for themselves and their loved ones. … Continue reading Security Does Not Mean Safety: #1

Terrifying Assault on our Comrade at SCI-Smithfield ~ PHONE ZAP NEEDED

Yesterday at 12pm, Andre Logan, PA DOC # LM3820, was assaulted by two officers outside of the chow hall at SCI-Smithfield. The officers used excessive force on Andre because his shirttail was untucked. Andre suffered a fractured nose after having his face slammed into a glass window and then slammed to the concrete ground in … Continue reading Terrifying Assault on our Comrade at SCI-Smithfield ~ PHONE ZAP NEEDED

Community Book Review: Care Work

After numerous conversations with friends about what I call the "internal work" of abolition (emotional healing and growth, character-building, interpersonal skill development, etc.) and self-care, my good friend Charlotte Pope sent me Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's CARE WORK. I wanted to read a text that related the struggles and resiliency strategies of others in the movement. … Continue reading Community Book Review: Care Work