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Abolition: how?

16 October at 2:00 pm4:00 pm

The growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has led to a renewed interest in police and prison abolition. But what do we mean by abolition and how do we achieve it? Do we ever need incarceration? How do we respond to arguments about the “dangerous few”? Socialists often call for fascists and even corrupt politicians to be locked up. Is that wrong? How do we avoid short term campaigns for specific reforms from strengthening the carceral state in the long term? Is abolition even possible in capitalist society?

Join in person (see Covid safety information below) or online via https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tdOqupjwtGdKAT3UnJq191qo8ZfdMQcDZ.

Here are some articles if you want to read something beforehand:

What does abolition mean in modern Britain?

How to defund the police – strategies for abolition

Defund the police. Disarm the state.

Covid safety information
The meeting will take place at Friends’ Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS (behind central library).

1) Please do not enter the building if:
* You have any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
* You have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
* If you develop any COVID symptoms during your visit, please let a member of staff know and leave the venue. After leaving, we suggest you refer to government guidelines about the best course of action to take if you feel you have any of the symptoms.
2) Please respect the one-way system. There is signage around the building. Do not wait in communal areas of the building. Maintain physical distancing whenever this is practicable. Do not move furniture in the meeting room.
3) Hand sanitiser is available for you to use.
4) All customers should wear face coverings whilst walking around the building unless exempt from wearing them. We recommend that face coverings are worn during the event itself unless the activity cannot be done whilst wearing a face covering, for example speaking to someone who is having difficulty hearing.
5) We recommend that everyone is fully vaccinated if recommended to do so by the NHS.

An online alternative is available if for those who prefer it or who are unhappy to follow the in-person Covid safety guidelines.


16 October
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Manchester rs21


Friends’ Meeting House Manchester
6 Mount Street
Manchester, M2 5NS
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