Antiracist Book Club - Are Prisons Obsolete?

June 3, 2021
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Book cover image for Are Prisons ObsoleteSelected text and guiding questions

The next session will take place Thursday, June 3rd, from 4:10-5pm.

For this session, we will discuss Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis.

Here are the guiding questions:

  1. Since this book came out in 2003, it has found ways to bring about new ideas. How much has society changed since it was released? Has there been any change to our prison system?
  2. Prison abolition is one of the most complex ideologies to face. In reality "the prison is considered so 'natural' that its extremely hard to imagine life without it" (pg. 10), yet Angela Davis challenges us to imagine such. I am challenging you to share some of those ideas. How do you envision prison abolition? What are some fears of a society where corporal punishment is no longer the solution?

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To enable all interested BCMM members to participate and to support attendees to purchase the book from a local or black-owned business, we have set aside funds to reimburse BCMM members for the cost to purchase the book.

Use the form (linked here) to submit your reimbursement request. The deadline for submitting reimbursement requests is 5 days after the session discussion. Priority will be given to trainees, staff, and junior faculty who purchase the book in any format (hard copy, digital, or audio book) and those that purchase the book from a local or black-owned bookstore.

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This series is co-sponsored by the following UCSF groups.


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