Abolitious is a group of Santa Cruz BIPOC community members who came together to learn about the history, politics, and practice of abolition.
The idea for an Abolition Fair was devised by Abolitious, a group in Santa Cruz, California studying abolition together. We followed Abolition Journal’s 6-week multimedia study guide to learn about the histories of the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, police brutality and the ongoing struggle towards liberation from systems of harm. We join the abolitionists who have advanced this work for decades and welcome new partners in our study and action.
These are the topics we studied each week:
Week one: Prisons and Policing in the U.S. as a History of anti-Blackness
Week two: The Prison Industrial Complex
Week three: Policing and Imprisonment as Racial Violence
Week four: Reformist Reforms vs. Abolitionist Steps
Week five: Feminist, Queer and Trans Abolitionism
Week six: Abolitionist Alternatives
The POC Abolition study group wanted to share what we learned from our studies with a broader audience and connect with existing individuals and organizations who share a vision of a liberatory future.
The goals of our Abolition Fair are, but not limited to:
- Introducing and promoting a vision of the world without police or prisons to a broader audience
- Promoting the work of Santa Cruz community organizations that share an abolitionist vision
- Connecting and participating in each other’s work towards abolition
- Making abolitionist educational material accessible to a wide audience
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