Issue #3 | Special Focus on Prison Abolition (2021)

This is a series of new pieces on abolition, transformative justice, criminalization, and incarceration from Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour organizing and activism in Tkaronto/Toronto.

The special issue includes articles, videos, roundtable discussions, interviews, podcasts, multimedia pieces and sound art from local and international organizers, along with artists and students of Dr. Jin Haritaworn and Dr. Syrus Marcus Ware’s course on prisoners’ justice at York University. Topics include mutual aid, survival, activist art, radical collective care, safety outside of the system, migrant justice, and queer Muslim organizing.

#JUSTICEFORMOKA: A CONVERSATION ABOUT PRISON ABOLITION, TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE AND MUTUAL AID
Online Roundtable at York University (ENVS 5073 New Social Movements, Activism and Social Change)

“ABOLITION HAS TO DO WITH LOVE”: A ROUNDTABLE ON QUEER ORGANIZING AGAINST THE PRISON INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN TORONTO
Bridget Liang, Aanya Wood, Rosina Kazi, Swathi Sekhar

“I FIGHT FOR ME, I FIGHT FOR US”
Moka Dawkins, 2018

ABOLITION AFTER CRISIS
Podcast by Kafia and Laura

TORONTO/TKARONTO MUTUAL AID PANEL
Panelists: Gita Madan, Edward Hon-Sing Wong, Gunjan Chopra. Moderated by Jin Haritaworn

NO COP ZONE – FIGHTING FOR ABOLITION IN SCHOOLS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LEROI NEWBOLD
Julia Robertson and Rio Rodriguez

FEATURE ON SYRUS MARCUS WARE
Bridget Liang

“BELL LET’S TALK” CAMPAIGN – A PODCAST
Erin Baird, Kenley Ferris and Sabika Zaidi

COUNTER-ARCHIVING THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN TORONTO
Kenley Ku Ferris

UNDOCUMENTED: THE ARCHITECTURE OF MIGRANT DETENTION
Tings Chak

ILLUSTRATING SAFETY WITHOUT THE STATE: A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO QUEER OF COLOUR ARTISTS ON ARTS-BASED ACTIVISM DURING COVID-19
Dr. Jin Haritaworn, Sunanda Mesquita (Decolonial Killjoy) and MZ

THE SWEETNESS OF OUR BADASS SELVES: LEARNING ABOLITION FROM MOKA DAWKINS
Snjezana Pruginic

#NOGOINGBACK: QUEER LEAPS AT THE INTERSECTION OF PROTEST AND COVID-19
Online talk and discussion with Jin Haritaworn

ARCHIVING QTBIPOC SPACES THROUGH SOUND: 187 AUGUSTA
Joanna Delos Reyes

RESISTING ERASURE: FORGING OUR OWN SPACE & HISTORIES
Film by Jc Elijah (Eli) M. Bawuah

A CONVERSATION WITH EL-FAROUK KHAKI – IMAM, HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE
Sabat Ismail

Many thanks to Rio Rodriguez, Alvis Choi, Charlie Costello, Mengzhu Fu, Bridget Liang, Ghaida Moussa, Julia Robertson, Kenley Farrace and all the brilliant activist scholars and students who have helped give birth to blog publications over the years as guest editors and contributors. If you would like to contribute, check out our submissions guidelines.