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Movement lawyer and organizer Andrea J. Ritchie’s forthcoming book is unlike anything she’s written before. In “Practicing New Worlds: Abolition and Emergent Strategies”, published by AK Press and out at the end of October 2023 as part of their Emergent Strategies Series, Ritchie has written a toolkit for organizers. Both visionary and practical, Ritchie believes we can live the “future” world we want, and offers actionable steps we can take to get there. A self-described “Black lesbian immigrant survivor,” Ritchie has been engaged since the 1980s in anti-violence, labor, and LGBTQ organizing, and in movements against state violence and for racial, reproductive, economic, environmental, and gender justice. In this wide-ranging conversation, Andrea J. Ritchie and Laura Flanders discuss what’s changed and what hasn’t after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020, and the emergent strategies for abolition that we should all pay attention to. The Right has strategies too — and so far, they’re working. How do we create the necessary conditions that foster collectivity and liberation leading to increased public safety and well-being? All that, plus a commentary from Laura on the power we recognize, and the other sort too.
“Change happens by acting as though the future that you are dreaming of is present now. And then practicing that with people who share your vision and values and then bringing more and more people into the conversation.” – Andrea J. Ritchie
“ a way of approaching a world that interrupts violence in all its forms and creates new possibilities that we can’t imagine yet.” – Andrea J. Ritchie
- Andrea J. Ritchie: Author, Practicing New Worlds: Abolition and Emergent Strategies; Co-Founder, Interrupting Criminalization
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*Recommended books by Andrea Ritchie:
• No More Police: A Case for Abolition Learn more here
• Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color Learn more here
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• The Economics of Abolition Watch / Listen
• Freedom for Women Requires Abolition Feminism: Suzanne Pharr & Beth Richie Watch / Listen
• Minneapolis: Not Giving Up on Police Abolition Watch / Listen
• Mariame Kaba: Rooting Out Our Culture of Harm Watch / Listen
Related Articles and Resources:
• Half of All False Convictions in the U.S. Involved Police or Prosecutor Misconduct, Finds New Report, by Scott Shackford, Reason, Free Minds and Free Markets Read Here
• Police didn’t get defunded but many large departments are shrinking, by Martin Kaste, WGBH (New England) Read Here
• We Must Dispel the Myth That We Always Get It Right, by Maurice Possley, The Crime Report Read Here
• Innocence Project – Learn More Here
• Center for Community Alternatives – Learn More Here
• It Could Happen to You Public Awareness Freedom Tours – Learn More Here
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“I Keeps It Moving” by David Anthony and Dani Vassar courtesy of Planet Hum Records and Pitch Control. Listen and Learn More
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