Colin Kaepernick’s new project imagines a utopia without police or prison

by Peter Heck · Oct 8th, 2020 11:14 am

Last Updated Oct 9th, 2020 at 9:13 pm

Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick has introduced his latest project, which envisions a police-less and prison-less utopian society. The project, entitled "Abolition for the People," utilizes the stories of 30 different "organizers, political prisoners, scholars, and advocates" with the intent of improving the lives of minority individuals.

In an essay introducing his new venture, Kaepernick criticizes current reforms like body cameras, police accountability, and improved training, saying that reforming only legitimizes the white supremacist institutions of police and prisons.

"The central intent of policing is to surveil, terrorize, capture, and kill marginalized populations, specifically Black folks," Kaepernick writes.

The project will feature 30 published essays published over four weeks.

The question of how a society that abolishes police and prisons deals with crime is not immediately evident.

"To be clear, the abolition of these institutions is not the absence of accountability but rather the establishment of transformative and restorative processes that are not rooted in punitive practices," Kaepernick writes. "By abolishing policing and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist establishments, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness and houselessness, access to education, and job creation as well as community-based methods of accountability."

Read Kaepernick's full essay here.


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