Abolitionist Steps to Build a Better World

Authors: Maya Pendleton and Alan Dettlaff 


In 2020, during the peak of the summer uprisings in response to the…

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No Coincidence: Black Family Separations Then and Now

Author: Josie Pickens

“Night and day, you could hear men and women screaming … ma, pa, sister or brother … taken without…

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We Know Investing In Families Works. Why Are We Still Investing in Harm?

Authors: Joanna Lack & Bill Bettencourt


A key tenet of abolition is the recognition that carceral systems are not…

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Stop Colonizers. Protect ICWA.

Protect the Indian Child Welfare Act

On November 9, 2022, the Supreme Court will hear Haaland v. Brackeen, which challenges the constitutionality of the Indian Child…

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The Power of Co-Opting: Language Is Changing, But Will It Change the Status Quo?

Language is powerful. The words we use signal how we make sense of the world – and people – around us. When…

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Reproductive Justice Demands the End of Family Policing

In Killing the Black Body, Dorothy Roberts traces how the maintenance of slavery necessitated the domination and control of Black…

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Finding Space to Imagine: How White Supremacy Culture Stifles Creativity

Launched just over a year ago, the upEND Movement seeks to end the child welfare system, which we call the…

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Making Possible the Impossible: A Black Feminist Perspective on Child Welfare Abolition

In 1863, Harriet Tubman and eight of her trusted scouts orchestrated the Combahee River uprising in South Carolina. The uprising…

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