“Silence from and about the subject was the order of the day. Some of the silences were broken, and some were maintained by authors who lived with and within the policing strategies. What I am interested in are the strategies for breaking it.” —Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark
Does your work seek to make the PIC a less workable solution to problems, and to limit its reach over our lives? Does your work take on aspects of the PIC that are most harmful? Do you work to fight forms of harm like white supremacy, heterosexism and class prejudice both in your campaigns and within your group? Are you working in coalitions with abolitionist goals? Are you working to help other coalition members understand abolition? Does your work reject the PIC everywhere? Does your work suggest workable ways to maintain self-determination, meaningful safety, and collective health? Does the language you use challenge commonly accepted notions of safety, responsibility, and justice? Does your immediate work make future challenges to the PIC possible?
These heated questions between abolition and reform, good immigrants and bad immigrants, and those who deserve to be in cages and those who don’t can either separate and lure us into piecemeal solutions or push us to develop strategies that will break them. It’s time for answers. We hope this paper awakens your freedom spirit.
Many thanks to all our contributors and translators!
Love and struggle