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We Do This 'Til We Free Us (2021, Haymarket Books) 5 stars

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer …

Inspiring book that call us into action

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"We Do This 'Til We Free Us" is a collection of texts and interviews from Mariame Kaba from 2014 until 2020 about her activism, abolition of prisons, transformative and restorative justice. Through these easy to read texts, it brings a patchwork view of her life fight against prison in the US, addressing the main questions of prison abolition: what is prison abolitionism? How to think about a society without prison? How to fight against prisons today? While some texts can feel a bit disconnected and the format can create some repetitions, it also bring a very personal connection with the author, especially through many texts being reactions to judgement, lack of justice of more police killing of black people in her blog or interviews. I definitely recommend reading this text to better understand the fight against prisons in the US, and discover an important person in an important political struggle.

We Do This 'Til We Free Us (2021, Haymarket Books) 5 stars

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer …

I keep threatening to write an essay called "Abolition Is Not About Your Fucking Feelings". I wrote that in a tweet and got so much blowback because people people felt I was insulting their ability to feel what they want to feel. That's really not what I am saying. The concept of the personal being political as a basis for feminist organizing in the past is so true, and yet it is fraught at the same time. What it is not saying - and I think what sometimes people want it to be saying - is that how I personally feel then should be made in a policy. And we can't operate in a world where that's true. We shouldn't codify our personal feelings of vengeance to apply to the entire world.

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We Do This 'Til We Free Us (2021, Haymarket Books) 5 stars

A reflection on prison industrial complex abolition and a vision for collective liberation from organizer …

My friend Danielle Sered has said and written this thing that really made a difference for me. [...] "No one enters violence for the first time by committing it." [...] If that's true, then all this shit that we talk about, these binaries about victims and perpetators, that explodes it all.

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The End of Policing (Paperback, 2018, Verso) No rating

"How the police endanger us and why we need to find an alternative. Recent years …

The drive to criminalize has more to do with ideology than effectiveness: the mentally ill are seen not as victims of the neoliberal restructuring of public health services but as a dangerous source of disorder to be controlled through intensive and aggressive policing. Any attempt to reduce the negative effects of policing on this population must directly challenge this ideological approach to policing.

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De la démocratie en Pandémie (Paperback, French language, 2021, Gallimard)

De la démocratie en Pandémie by 

La conviction qui nous anime en prenant aujourd'hui la parole, c'est que plutôt que de se taire par peur d'ajouter …

Blood Washing Blood (Paperback, Anglais language, Dundurn Press)

Blood Washing Blood by 

A clear-eyed view of the conflict in Afghanistan and its century-deep roots.

The war in Afghanistan has consumed vast amounts …