Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement
to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief
that caging and controlling people makes us safe. We believe that
basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what
really make our communities secure. As such, our work is part of
global struggles against inequality and powerlessness. The success
of the movement requires that it reflect communities most affected
by the PIC. Because we seek to abolish the PIC, we cannot support
any work that extends its life or scope.
Critical Resistance’s vision is the creation of genuinely safe, healthy
communities that respond to harm without relying on prisons and punishment.
We call our vision “abolition”, and take the name purposefully from those
who called for the abolition of slavery in the 1800’s. Abolitionists
believed that slavery could not be fixed or reformed – it needed to be
abolished. As PIC abolitionists today, we also do not believe that reforms
can make the PIC just or effective. Our goal is not to improve the system;
it is to shrink the system into non-existence.
We don’t believe that we need the PIC to keep us safe. Instead, we work to
build safe and healthy communities, where the basics are provided, such as
food, shelter, and self-determination. We also work to create and promote
alternatives to the current system.
Critical Resistance (CR) is building a member-led and member-run grassroots
movement to stop using punishment to “cure” complicated social problems. We
know that more police and prisons will not make our communities safer.
Instead, we know that things like food, housing, and freedom are what
creates lasting safety. We work to prevent people from being arrested or
locked up in prison. In all our work, we organize to build power and to
stop the devastation that the reliance on prisons and policing have brought
to ourselves, our families, and our communities. Website: http://www.criticalresistance.orgCritical Resistance Chicago
CR-Chi meets every other Monday at 7 p.m. at
70 E. Lake
St. Suite 1120
Phone: (312) 281-1463
Yusufu L. Mosley, Project Coordinator