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Abolish All Prisons: Examining the Roots

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Abolish All Prisons: Examining The Roots, is written by Tionne Alliyah Parris for a series focused on Prison Abolition accompanied with an introduction by Dr. Gerald Horne, curated by chris time steele.


Tionne Alliyah Parris examines the history of mass incarceration in the U.S. primarily aimed at Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Regarding examining the roots Parris writes, "The Prison Abolition Movement sought to abolish all prisons, which they argued were a force of social control that perpetuated American racism, as it was most clearly depicted in the microcosmic nature of prisons." The essay takes a deep dive into the history of prison abolition and looks at some of the threads of this resistance discussing the Nation of Islam, the Black Panther Party, and other groups, individuals, and communities who have fought to abolish prisons finding solidarity internationally.



Tionne Alliyah Parris (she/her) is a PhD student of History at the University of Hertfordshire. Parris specialises in African American protest history, with emphasis on the Black Power Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Her current PhD research focuses on Black Radical Women (namely Communist and communist affiliated activists) of the mid-20th Century, and the long-term impact of their activism on the Black Power Movement. Parris is also a Coordinator and Senior Researcher at the Young Historians Project – a non-profit organisation in the United Kingdom which aims to encourage young people of African and Caribbean heritage to study their history in Britain. This organisation produces a range of projects which focus on enriching public knowledge of Black British History.


Dr. Gerald Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. He has also written extensively about the film industry. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University.


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