Building Your Abolitionist Toolbox

Everyday Resources for a Punishment-Free World

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Against Punishment Curriculum

with Mariame Kaba

How do we imagine a world without prisons and policing? Transforming our punishment mindsets is a daily discipline. Punishment is so deeply ingrained that we fail to even notice how we enact it in our lives. It takes practice to uproot it and to focus on being more restorative in our interactions.

Mariame Kaba draws on years of creating and facilitating workshops that give people the space to articulate what true justice might feel like for them. In this resource, she shares some of the activities developed, co-created, and found along the way. You do not have to be an *expert* in restorative or transformative justice to facilitate the activities in this resource. You just have to be curious, willing to learn, and interested in creating accountability beyond punishment.

Mariame Kaba is the founder and director of Project NIA, a grassroots organization with a long-term vision to end youth incarceration. In 2018, she co-founded Interrupting Criminalization: Research in Action with Andrea J. Ritchie. She has been active in the anti-criminalization and anti-violence movements for the past 30 years.


Against Punishment Introduction (Note: Please view the short intro before engaging with the curriculum.)

Against Punishment Curriculum (Preview) (Download)

Graphic Notes