Roundtable

Building an Abolitionist Ethic

A Roundtable with the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project

On August 5, 2021, Karl Gardner sat down with four members of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project to discuss the organization’s ongoing work to support prisoner organizing across Ontario, develop mutual aid networks, and build a movement committed to prison abolition. Together, we reflected on the organization’s achievements, challenges, and strategic approaches to prisoner solidarity and abolitionist organizing.

Jessica is a member of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the Toronto Metropolitan University.

Alannah Fricker is an abolitionist community organizer, artist, caregiver, and harm reduction activist. She is a member of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project and Abolition Coalition and is a Registered Social Worker studying Social Justice Education at OISE.

Rajean Hoilett is a prison abolitionist and community organizer. Rajean is a member of the Toronto Prisoners’ Rights Project and the Abolition Coalition, a national network of abolitionist organizations that recently launched the Choosing Real Safety campaign.

Lindsay Jennings is a person who survived the carceral system. She is a committed advocate passionate about bringing positive changes to those involved with the correctional and criminal justice systems by ensuring that substance use, mental health, and basic needs are addressed as immediately as possible once they have been admitted into custody and throughout their incarceration.


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