MPD150 Resources:

In July 2017, we published a zine for our soft launch event containing some basic information about our project and some prompts for thinking critically about police abolition.  You can read, download, print, and distribute the zine here. [Zine Coming Soon!]

Here are a few links for further reading. While we absolutely encourage people to read books like Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow,” and Alex Vitale’s “the End of Policing,” as well as checking out documentaries like Ava DuVernay’s “13th,” the following links are included here because they are immediately accessible and relatively brief– yet powerful– introductions to this topic:

Start here:

  • Video: Why We Can and Should Abolish the Police and Prison-Industrial Complex (Films for Action)
  • Activists and organizers reimagine modern day policing in Minneapolis (TC Daily Planet)
  • What Abolitionists Do (Jacobin)
  • This Study Found That Major U.S. Cities Spend Millions More On Policing Than On Social Programs (Blavity)

Further Reading:

  • We Don’t Just Need Nicer Cops. We Need Fewer Cops (The Nation)
  • Policing doesn’t need reforming. It needs to be abolished and created anew (The Washington Post)
  • The Myth of Liberal Policing (The New Inquiry)
  • Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds (Chicago Reader)

Tools for Abolitionists:

The Official MPD150 Report (coming soon!)