Documenting and teaching histories of marginalized communities has been part of the work that I’ve done over many years. I’ve done this by mapping people’s contributions to my communities, writing histories, and publicly disseminating stories through teaching, books and other publications.
Mariame Kaba is an organizer, educator, curator, and prison industrial complex (PIC) abolitionist who is active in movements for racial, gender, and transformative justice. Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots abolitionist organization with a vision to end youth incarceration. Kaba is currently a researcher at Interrupting Criminalization, a project she co-founded with Andrea Ritchie in 2018.
Kaba is the author of the New York Times Bestseller We Do This Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice (2021), Missing Daddy ( 2019), Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators with Shira Hassan (2019), See You Soon (2022) and No More Police: A Case for Abolition with Andrea Ritchie (2022).
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.
With a foreword by Naomi Murakawa and chapters on seeking justice beyond the punishment system, transforming how we deal with harm and accountability, and finding hope in collective struggle for abolition, Kaba’s work is deeply rooted in the relentless belief that we can fundamentally change the world.
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