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

5 stars

"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.