No More Police: A Case for Abolition
An instant national best seller A persuasive primer on police abolition from two veteran organizers
"One of the world's most prominent advocates, organizers and political educators of the [abolitionist] framework." --NBCNews.com on Mariame Kaba
In this powerful call to action, New York Times bestselling author Mariame Kaba and attorney and organizer Andrea J. Ritchie detail why policing doesn't stop violence, instead perpetuating widespread harm; outline the many failures of contemporary police reforms; and explore demands to defund police, divest from policing, and invest in community resources to create greater safety through a Black feminist lens.
Centering survivors of state, interpersonal, and community-based violence, and highlighting uprisings, campaigns, and community-based projects, No More Police makes a compelling case for a world where the tools required to prevent, interrupt, and transform violence in all its forms are abundant. Part handbook, part road map, No More Police calls on us to turn away from systems that perpetrate violence in the name of ending it toward a world where violence is the exception, and safe, well-resourced and thriving communities are the rule.
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About the Author
Mariame Kaba is a leading prison and police abolitionist. She is the founder and director of Project NIA and the co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling We Do This 'Til We Free Us and co-author (with Andrea J. Ritchie) of No More Police (The New Press) and lives in New York City.
Andrea J. Ritchie is a nationally recognized expert on policing and criminalization, and supports organizers across the country working to build safer communities. She is co-founder of Interrupting Criminalization, the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, and the co-author (with Mariame Kaba) of No More Police (The New Press). She lives in Detroit.
Praise for No More Police:
"At this point, I hope you know to just read anything and everything Mariame Kaba or Andrea Ritchie write. They are making the most compelling and practical arguments for abolition out there."
--Ms. magazine "[No More Police] gives readers a unique insight into the mindset of veteran organizers who have long remained diligent and optimistic in this work."
--Vulture "Kaba and Ritchie are knowledgeable, passionate, and skilled at elucidating complex concepts clearly, without sacrificing nuance. The book is deeply researched and flawlessly argued, and the plan they lay out is practical, compassionate, and circumspect. . . . A brilliantly articulated plan to abolish the police."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
--Booklist (starred review)
"An impassioned and bold call to abolish police forces."
--Library Journal (starred review) "Exploring movements to defund and abolish police through the lens of long legacies of Black feminist abolitionist organizing, No More Police offers an unflinching look at the traps that lie along the path to abolitionist futures, and critical guidance for readers who want to be part of bringing them into being. Add this timely and engaging book to the top of your must-read list."
--Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz
--Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives and co-author of Rehearsals for Living "This book pushes those of us who have been fighting police and sexual violence for decades to think past prosecutions and prisons toward a future where we stop violence before it starts and transform harm when it happens."
--dream hampton, filmmaker and writer "More than a synthesis and summation of the conditions of our movements' work over the last two years, and more than just an abolitionist movement timeline going back decades, Kaba and Ritchie weave together our collective stories, contradictions, tensions, and all, and gift us with a road map to a future free of cops and cages. This is a must-read in the abolitionist lexicon."
--Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Movement for Black Lives and co-director of the Highlander Center "In the powerful and generative tradition of Black feminist freedom-making, No More Police not only presents a compelling case for the abolition of police, but points us in the direction of building a safer and more just future. Ritchie and Kaba have worked for decades in transformative justice and abolitionist movements. The richness of that experience, the love that fuels it, and the brilliant insights that flow from it, shine brightly in this book."
--Barbara Ransby, activist, author, and historian "Kaba and Ritchie provide a much-needed primer on the demand to defund the police and how that demand can be leveraged toward an even more fundamental transformation of the violence of policing. The authors root their analysis in the reality of today's movements and offer practical, concrete recommendations that activists and organizers can put to work right now."
--Rachel Herzing, co-author of How to Abolish Prisons "Kaba and Ritchie are such trusted souls in Black Liberation movements, and No More Police passionately synthesizes the experiences and expertise necessary for building a new world with less violence on all fronts."
--Raquel Willis, author and activist "An absolutely brilliant contribution. Black feminist abolitionists Kaba and Ritchie's passionate mandate is that we never give up on the vision of a world where justice and safety live alongside each other."
--Beth Richie, author of Arrested Justice "With No More Police, Mariame Kaba and Andrea Ritchie have written the definitive text on police abolition. The magic of this book is its ability to address the practical concerns of the present while strengthening our ability to craft ambitious and transformative freedom dreams for the future. Carefully researched, passionately written, and persuasively argued, No More Police is a must-read text for policymakers, activists, educators, and anyone else committed to imagining and building beyond the carceral world."
--Marc Lamont Hill, author of We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility