Abolition 3/13 | READINGS

Primary Readings

Vitale, Alex S. The End of Policing. New York: Verso, 2017.

Akbar, Amna. “An Abolitionist Horizon for Police (Reform)” (August 10, 2020). California Law Review, Vol. 108, No. 6, 2020,. Available at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3670952

Purnell, Derecka. “How I Became a Police Abolitionist.” The Atlantic, July 6, 2020, available at https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/how-i-became-police-abolitionist/613540/.

Secondary Materials

Kaba, Mariame. “Yes, We Mean Literally Abolish the Police. Because reform won’t happen,” New York Times, June 12, 2020, available at https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/12/opinion/sunday/floyd-abolish-defund-police.html.

Muhammad, Craig and Noah Gimbel. “Are Police Obsolete? Breaking Cycles of Violence Through Abolition Democracy,” Cardozo Law Review, Vol. 44, no. 4 (2019) available at https://cardozolawreview.com/are-police-obsolete-police-abolition/.

Materials at https://criticalresistance.org/abolish-policing/.

Purnell, Derecka. “What Does Police Abolition Mean?” Boston Review, August 23, 2017, available at https://bostonreview.net/law-justice/derecka-purnell-what-does-police-abolition-mean.

Purnell, Derecka. “Reforms are the Master’s Tools.” Level, October 19, 2020, available at https://level.medium.com/the-system-is-built-for-power-not-justice-c83e6dc4dd6.

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