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Optimist or Pessimist?

Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?

Maybe I’m just constitutionally incapable of answering with a simple answer (one that doesn’t, in one way or another, involve the phrase “that depends”), but I think I’m at same time both an optimist and a pessimist and neither one at all.

I feel as though I’m too much a realist to be an optimist and too much an idealist to be a pessimist. Continue reading

What We Want, Not What We Can Win

I’m currently reading a book by The CR10 Publications Collective (CR10 referring to Critical Resistance‘s 10th anniversary of its first conference in 1998); it’s called Abolition Now!: Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex, and it’s really fascinating reading. I haven’t added it to my book recommendation list yet because I haven’t actually finished it, but it’s been really great so far.

Rachel Herzing, the CR10 Project Director at Critical Resistance, is quoted as saying

Prison industrial complex abolition is dreaming wildly and having that be okay. It’s genuinely asking for want we want, rather than what we think we can win [emphasis added]. Why should I not want to be completely liberated and have my people around me and feel healthy and stable and be able to engage with people, to be able to hold people accountable? (11)

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