Oops, it’s Tuesday, not Monday. I guess I never said the Organization of the week was always going to be on Monday, but that was more or less my intention. However, Mondays are usually pretty busy for me, so it may shift to Tuesdays, as it has this week.
I learned about Critical Resistance from a post at Feministing; the author of the post, Miriam, attended the Critical Resistance 10 conference. They are a grassroots organization “committed to ending society’s use of prisons and policing as an answer to social problems.” Their mission statement says, in part:
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.
These words are very true and Critical Resistance is doing important work with the goal of abolishing prisons. It would have been very interesting to attend the conference, but I was not able to do that. Miriam at Feministing wrote a few posts about it, here, here, and here, and you can read more about it at the website.