How Black Women Have Led The Cause To Abolish Prisons

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July 2, 2019

When it comes to mass incarceration, too many of us know its painful impact. Most of the imprisoned are from neglected communities that the government should support with more resources rather than punish with more prisons.

Meet Ruth Wilson Gilmore, a geography professor at The City University of New York, who has worked with the likes of Angela Davis for more than 30 years to abolish prisons…

Gilmore has been at the forefront of the prison abolition movement, with other Black women leaders like Angela Davis. In fact, in the late 1990s, the two organized with folks on the ground to stop the construction of new prisons and close existing ones. 

“Historically, Black feminists have had visions to change the structure of society in ways that would benefit not just black women but everyone,” says Angela Davis.

At the end of the day, abolitionists want a better society, where the government provides support and resources, like jobs, healthcare, and housing, instead of prisons and jails.

Prison abolition is about shifting our mindset and imagining new ways to rehabilitate without punishment. So, let's fight for a society in which our communities are healthy and prisons are no longer needed!

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