What Does Abolition Look Like? Ruth Wilson Gilmore Joins Authors of “Prison by Any Other Name”

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In PRISON BY ANY OTHER NAME: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, journalists Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law expose the insidious reach of mainstream “alternatives” to incarceration that transform entire homes and communities into prisons. For their book launch, they’ll be joined in conversation with Ruth Wilson Gilmore, co-founder of Critical Resistance and the California Moratorium Project, to talk about the harsh reality of relentless carceral expansion and grassroots organizing for non-reformist reforms and abolition.


Maya Schenwar is the editor-in-chief of Truthout. She is co-author (with Victoria Law) of Prison by Any Other Name (The New Press) as well as the author of Locked Down, Locked Out and the co-editor of the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? She lives in Chicago.

Victoria Law is a freelance journalist and the co-author (with Maya Schenwar) of Prison by Any Other Name (The New Press) as well as the author of Resistance Behind Bars and co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind. She is a co-founder of NYC Books Through Bars and lives in New York.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is professor of geography at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Ruthie has co-founded many grassroots organizations including California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network. Follow the links to her recent interviews on abolition and racial capitalism: