Abolition Action is a New York City-based, porous collective that creatively resists carceral systems and mindsets. We do this by starting from the self and building outward; holding space for healing and learning; and acting in solidarity with other abolitionist, anti-capitalist groups and people impacted by carcerality. We recognize the emergent and organic nature of our collective action.
A large contingent of our founding community participated in an NYC DSA Socialist-Feminist prison abolition reading group. After eight weeks of reading and meeting to co-learn, in June 2019, we re-focused our priorities towards actively supporting existing abolitionist efforts in the city, developing and dispersing dynamic political education, and serving as an information hub for resources, events, knowledge, and conversation related to prison abolition.
As a centering framework, our collective engages prison abolition beyond its definition of the eradication of all prisons. In order to allow prison abolition to exist as a practice performed in our daily lives, we define it not as the ridding of society of prisons, but the creation of a world that has no need for such entities. Our fluid sense of what it means to be a member of our collective underscores the notion that prison abolition as a dynamic of collective movements and personal practices already exists, and has existed for generations.
We seek to promote this understanding not to supplant existing anti-carceral mentalities, but to invigorate our communities towards reclaiming our power as the inhabitants/co-creators of a world in which no being is pressured or designed to punish another. For that reason, our work is "multi-disciplinary," embraces anti-capitalist values, and is grounded in an understanding of the U.S.'s anti-Black and colonial histories.
Fox Rinne, 2019.