8 to Abolition

Leila's takeover, great tweets, places to give your money, a dog friend

Hey friends! I hope you caught Leila Raven’s takeover yesterday. I’m gonna share all the posts here, please click to open and swipe through as I am technologically inept and can’t figure out how to post each slide. I’m on the move so today’s newsletter is links, reads, places to give money. Take care!

#8 to Abolition: overview and questions. Read through the comments too!

good morning! I’m Leila Raven (@bubblybutfierce) — an organizer, mama, and one of the creators of #8toAbolition, a response and alternative to the harmful #8cantwait campaign. As an abolitionist, I believe that another world is possible: we can build safer communities, and it starts by defunding and dismantling the prison industrial complex (PIC). The PIC is an apparatus that includes policing, prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers as well as involuntary commitment in nursing homes and psychiatric institutions, and all of the technologies that enable the carceral state. We need to invest in the things that truly keep us safe: housing, healthcare, public transit, food cooperatives, skills based education on building healthy relationships, and more community-based measures. Here’s the #8toAbolition graphic in English, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Vietnamese, so you can share it with your family + friends! Got questions about abolition? Ask away!
June 18, 2020

8 to Abolition teach in on Haymarket Books, Thursday June 25

How do we build safer communities without police?

How do we build safer communities without policing? @_labrittneyarts and I worked on this infographic with support from @hackinghustling to offer folks specific strategies to respond to situations that come up in our everyday lives. The strategies, gleaned from trainings with @safespacesdc, are meant to put more tools in your toolbox + to remind us to keep developing the capacity of our communities to keep each other safe. What are some of the strategies you’ve used in your communities to build safety without police?
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📝: Leila Raven // @bubblybutfierce
June 18, 2020

The revolution starts at home, and ways to stay involved beyond being in the streets:

the revolution starts at home! with schools shut down, many of us are caregiving full-time through both the pandemic + the mass uprisings in defense of Black lives. care work is finally being recognized + valued as essential for our safety and survival, while cops + cages are being more widely exposed as violent threats to our communities. for trans and queer BIPOC that have always relied on mutual aid and community care to survive everyday state surveillance + criminalization, this is nothing new. if you’re currently giving or receiving care, and you’re wondering how to plug in, know that there’s plenty of work to do to build an abolitionist society, and you can do it from wherever you are. 6 y/o and i do a lot of chalking, wheat pasting, and street art. flip through the slides for 26 ways to be in the struggle! and remember to rest + care for yourself, too! caring for each other, and for ourselves, is a revolutionary act. 🌈 .
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📝: Leila Raven // @bubblybutfierce
June 18, 2020

“What about the rapists?”

“What about the rapists?” is the question I hear most often in my work to build safety without prisons or policing. As a survivor, I’m invested in building community-based strategies to prevent and address gendered violence. Currently, we live in a context where survivors — especially those who are Black, brown, trans, queer, and undocumented — are criminalized for defending themselves from rape + abuse. when I was arrested and jailed for defending myself against an abuser almost 8 years ago, I initially dismissed my own experience as an isolated incident until i came across the work of #SurvivedandPunished, which highlights the stories of so many criminalized survivors: from Marissa Alexander, Bresha Meadows, and CeCe McDonald to those who are still incarcerated like Tracy McCarter, Alisha Walker, and GiGi Thomas. Survivors need freedom, safe housing, mental healthcare, and support from our communities. We can’t end gendered violence without ending the prison industrial complex that sexually assaults, abuses, criminalizes + incarcerates survivors. Please give to Tracy’s legal fund + write to her! #StandwithTracy #FreeLeLe #FreeGiGi #FreeThemAll .
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📝: Leila Raven // @bubblybutfierce
June 18, 2020

Tracey’s legal fund

Write a letter to incarcerated people via Survived and Punished

Beyond Survival

we can chip away at the carceral state by repealing laws that are used to target + criminalize Blackness, queerness, and poverty in public spaces. Did you know that in New York you can be arrested + jailed for walking while Black and trans? A statute criminalizing loitering for the purposes of sex work is used to target primarily Black and Latinx trans and cis women under the presumption that we’re all sex workers. @decrimny is working to repeal what we refer to as the #WalkingWhileTrans ban, as part of our larger fight to end the criminalization of sex workers. We know from our lived experiences that people turn to sex work often because of housing insecurity + employment discrimination. Sex work is work, and it must be decriminalized, as we continue to struggle for safety, housing, + resources for people who trade sex by choice, circumstance, or coercion. as a pro tip: one of the best ways to prevent youth homelessness + sex trafficking is to LOVE, AFFIRM + SUPPORT your TRANS, GENDER NONCONFORMING + QUEER KIDS. when kids tell you who they are, believe them! .
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📝: Leila Raven // @bubblybutfierce
📷: @glits_inc 🎨: @huntythelion + @waskosarah
June 18, 2020

Decrim NY

thank you for following along with me today, and taking the time to learn more about abolition! Abolition is not just a political vision; it’s a way of life. It’s an everyday rejection of the carceral logics that enable prisons, policing, + punishment as we build a culture that promotes safety, healing, justice, and accountability in every aspect of our lives, from our politics to our interpersonal relationships. I’m excited about all of the new folks joining the movement! I’m leaving you here with a set of readings, including a list by @cicamicu, so you can continue on your learning journey. If you want to learn more with me + keep supporting this work, you can find me at upcoming events: an online teach-in with @haymarketbooks on june 25th + a fundraiser for @bluestockingsnyc and @survivepunishny on june 30th! another world is possible ✨🌈🦋 .
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June 19, 2020

Set of readings mentioned:

Are Prisons Obsolete? Angela Y. Davis

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

Blood in My Eye by George L. Jackson

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex edited by Nat Smith, Eric. A. Stanley

The End of Policing by Alex Vitale

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

Beyond Survival edited by Ejeris Dixon, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Fumbling Towards Repair by Mariame Kaba, Shira Hassan

As Black as Resistance by Zoe Samudzi, William C. Anderson

If They Come in the Morning by Angela Y. Davis

We love Noname. Stream everything, support the Patreon.

Watch: Unlock Us, Abolition in Our Lifetime

Support the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee

Millennials are Killing Capitalism: “In this episode we speak to five of the creators and authors of 8 To Abolition. Which is an abolitionist response to the police preservationist platform 8 Can’t Wait. Since launching 8 to Abolition has become a viral phenomenon and served along with the popular demands of Defunding Police and Defending Black Life to serve as a key conversation piece and political framework for community-based discussions around police violence and police abolition.”

The Jewish left is recognizing that apartheid is here

How nonprofit and philanthropy’s lack of imagination is a barrier to equity and justice

Also, resharing these past newsletters that I feel are timely.

  • On Dude with Sign

    But are we giving them permission to speak to things far outside their scope of knowledge simply because they have ingratiated themselves as someone to look to, something decided by how well they can curate information, or repackage in a way that best suits their brand? Are we putting people on pedestals simply for speaking about our reality, our world, as if that’s enough? It speaks, perhaps, to the collective desire to make heroes out of nothing, too. To uphold nothingness. To resist engaging at all costs. To paint Greta Thurnburg on the side of a wall despite her repeatedly asking not to be made into an icon. To bow to painted Greta. To feel hope from consuming the absolutely empty image of supposed heroes instead of looking at the crisis itself.

  • On Nancy Pelosi and Taylor Swift (and other powerful women)

    But ok, the gist of much of the feedback was good: Nancy gets outsized criticism because she’s a woman. Yes. Agree. Is it true, that misogyny is always floating in the water? Of course. Is it true that a man  would be received differently, perhaps awarded for this unheroic deed if he did the same? Why, yes. I’d agree. Does that truth preclude us from talking about women, especially women in power, women who always seem to be rising even when there is nowhere left to rise?

  • Crediting, creating and consuming art online

    Across the web, across social media, we are all, in some ways, just trying to be seen. It’s why so many people leave funny comments on funny posts, to “engage,” sure, but also to say hello, me too, I am here, I can do better, I will one-up you. There is fun in this, good in this, but it’s also surreal—for people who are presenting their work, or trying to, there is no way to extricate that from the general ethos of a space where you are never simply presenting, and never seen as “responding” in turn—everything you say is considered part of the art now.

Photo of A DIFFERENT DOG:

ID: Shelby facetimes with a sleeping dog who is smiling.

See ya!