The movement for abolition is expanding faster and faster. Born from Black and women-of-color feminism, disability justice, and environmental movements, the call to end our reliance on imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and to imagine a safer future has a new terrain of struggle. This toolkit for educators, parents, and youth, shines a light on innovative abolitionist projects, particularly in the K-12 teaching and learning contexts.
The book consists of three parts, each divided into sections on analysis, knowledge, and power. Part One covers the roots of abolitionist work, Part Two explores the everyday application of the lessons and principles, and Part Three highlights growing and expanding the work. Topics include student power in schools, immigrant justice in the face of ICE, approaches to sex education, arts-based curriculum, and building abolitionist skills and thinking in lesson plans. Contributors include Mariame Kaba, Jay Gillen, Bettina L. Love, the Black Organizing Project, and the Chicago Women's Health Center, among others.
Born of patient and urgent work, and more than five years in the making, Lessons in Liberation expands our scope beyond defunding the police and to our wildest freedom dreams.
About the Author
The Education for Liberation Network is a national coalition of teachers, community activists, researchers, youth and parents who believe a good education should teach people--particularly low-income youth and youth of color--how to understand and challenge the injustices their communities face.
The Critical Resistance Editorial Collective is composed of members of the national organization Critical Resistance, which seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. They believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure. As such, their work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.
Jay Gillen has taught and organized in and around Baltimore City Public Schools since 1987. In 1994, after a 2-year organizing campaign, he became teacher-director of the new Stadium Middle School, the first community-controlled public school in Baltimore in many years. Working with graduates of the Stadium School, Gillen developed the peer-tutoring Baltimore Algebra Project (BAP).
Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Mariame is also a co-organizer of the Just Practice Collaborative, a training and mentoring group focused on sustaining a community of practitioners that provide community-based accountability and support structures for all parties involved with incidents and patterns of sexual, domestic, relationship, and intimate community violence. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The Nation Magazine, The Guardian, The Washington Post, In These Times, Teen Vogue, The New Inquiry and more. Mariame uses her extensive experience with issues of racial, gender and transformative justice to catalyze various projects.