“The point is, …in the face of what we confront, to fight and win. That’s the real objective: not just to make statements, no matter how noble, but to destroy the system that oppresses us. By any means available to us. And to do this, we must be connected, in contact and communication with those in struggle on the outside. We must be mutually supporting because we’re all in this together. It’s all one struggle at base.” – George Jackson on the need for solidarity between those imprisoned and those on the outside
A major element of the struggle to abolish the prison industrial complex is still the struggle to stay connected, in contact, and in communication—using these connections, to build a base and collectivity from which to destroy the system (the systems!) that oppresses us. In this issue of The Abolitionist, we’ve tried to create a venue to build connection and communication between those on the inside and those on the outside and also between people working in different parts of the abolitionist movement. As always, we hope this paper awakens your freedom spirit.
Many thanks to all our contributors and translators!
Love and struggle