Yesterday, the US Supreme Court announced two rulings without any noted dissents which uphold qualified immunity, the court-created doctrine that essentially shields government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations—like the right to be free from excessive police force—for money damages. The rulings came out a few weeks after Congressional negotiations to tighten police practices collapsed at the end of September.
These events serve as a reminder that the police and prison systems are are continually upheld by our institutions, and that the fundamental transformative nature of abolition has far greater potential to solve the problems of poverty, crime, and violence. Today's action is to review this reading list assembled by Abolitionist Futures and continue efforts to broaden your understanding and involvement in the movement. Consider setting up an abolition reading group using the set up guide and resources to facilitate an ongoing a dialog in your community.