Independent artmakers have emerged as facilitators and fundraisers for the continuing abolition movement. In Chicago, a coronavirus outbreak at Cook County Jail in April became a catalyzing moment.
The People’s Cultural Plan shares a list of demands in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including housing as a human right and free public education.
The book club’s first selection is Angela Davis’s Are Prisons Obsolete?. The monthly gatherings will be held at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center in Manhattan.
In the open letter, they write, “The evidence is clear, more jails – no matter how ‘humane’ – lead to higher rates of incarceration, perpetuate the disruption of families (especially in communities of color), and are harmful to human health.”