Abolitionist Futures Reading Group

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Recently there has been a huge uptake in interest in abolitionist ideas and we have seen abolition discussions enter more mainstream conversations. But it is also important to recognise that abolition has a long history and includes various strands and traditions. For example, contemporary abolitionist organising has been influenced by the radical black tradition, indigenous organising, marxist and anarchist ideas, queer and feminist traditions.

Thats why we put together this reading group to offer some starting points for discussion, including how lessons learned in other contexts might be useful in thinking about the UK situation. We have created a five week reading group course, with information on how to organise and run your meetings and guiding questions to help your discussions.

Abolitionist Futures can provide support with promotion and facilitation of the reading groups. If you're interested in setting one up and would like to find out how Abolitionist Futures can support, you can email [email protected].

If you like this reading group, and want to find out more about how you can get involved in the fight for prison abolition, visit (opens in a new tab)

Watch the launch of the reading group here (opens in a new tab) Abolitionist Futures Reading Group - Facilitation Guide (opens in a new tab) Session One: Abolitionist Responses to Covid19 (opens in a new tab) Session Two: Introduction to Abolition (opens in a new tab) Session Three: What’s wrong with reform? What are non-reformist reforms? (opens in a new tab) Session Four: Feminist, queer, anti-racist approaches to abolition (opens in a new tab) Session Five: Transformative justice and abolition (opens in a new tab)
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