"What are our next steps?"
Research + Learn about your liberation interests (defunding, abolition, systemic)
Volunteer with a local/state organization
Membership: become a member with a local/state organization
Donate to a local/grassroots organization
Local Grassroots Organizations to Donate to:
Black Lives Matter Nashville
Water Bear Project:
Nashville Economic Justice Alliance:
Nashville Community Bail Fund:
Local Coalitions to Support:
Tennessee Organizing for Power Statewide (T.O.P.S.)
Nashville People's Budget Coalition
Free Hearts ORG
The Equity Alliance
Books to Read:
Books on Explaining Abolition & Transformative Justice
Chris Hayes - Interview with Mariame Kaba
Mia Mingus - "Transformative Justice: A Brief Description"
Mariame Kaba Interview - Towards the Horizon of Abolition (2017)
Dan Berger, Mariame Kaba - What Abolitionists Do
Angela Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete
Ruth Wilson Gilmore - Case for Abolition During COVID on Democracy Now!
Dean Spade - Prison Abolition Argument Chart
K Agbebiyi - FAQ on Prison Abolition
Security Does Not Mean Safety
The Folsom Prisoners Manifesto of Demands (1970)
Books on Police Abolition
Mariame Kaba - Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police
Alex Vitale - Policing and the Liberal Fantasy
Alex Vitale - How Much Do We Need the Police?
Philip V. McHarris & Thenjiwe McHarris - No More Money for the Police
Critical Resistance - Chart of Policing Reforms vs Abolitionist Steps
Mariame Kaba, Andrea Ritchie, Woods Ervin - #DefundPolice Toolkit
Micol Seigel - Violence Work: State Power and the Limits of Police
We Charge Genocide
What Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?
Books About Abolition
INCITE - Women of Color Against Violence
Critical Resistance - Abolition Now!
Ruth Wilson Gilmore - Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California
Emily L. Thuma - All Out Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence
Beth Ritchie - Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation
Naomi Murakawa - The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America
Kelly Lytle Hernandez - City of Inmates
Joy James - The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives & Contemporary Prison Writings
Andrea J. Ritchie - Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Woman & People of Color
Saidiya Hartman - Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
INCITE - The Revolution Starts at Home
Zoe Samudzi, William C. Anderson - As Black As Resistance
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?
Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives From Women's Prisons