Building Your Abolitionist Toolbox

Everyday Resources for a Punishment-Free World

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Liberatory Harm Reduction

with Shira Hassan

Liberatory Harm Reduction is one of the most important interventions of the 20th century; we often (mis)attribute it as a behavior change invention of public health. Come hear the radical roots and collective story of Liberatory Harm Reduction and learn from the life affirming practices of drugs users, people in the sex trade and street economy, of sex workers, people who self injure, have eating disorders, have disabilites or are chronically ill- all radical political organizers who have taught us how to save our own lives and fall in love with each other's survival strategies. At a political moment when Liberatory Harm Reduction and mutual aid are more important than ever, this workshop gives us space to think through how we apply Mariame Kaba's "discipline of hope" in our precious abolitionist work and movement spaces.

Shira Hassan has trained and spoken nationally on the sex trade, harm reduction, self-injury, healing justice and transformative justice. Currently working as a fellow at Interrupting Criminalization, Shira runs The Help Desk. The Help Desk offers supportive thought partnership to individuals and groups working to interrupt crises and violence without using the police. Along with Mariame Kaba, she is the co-author of Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators and the author of Saving Our Own Lives: A Liberatory Practice of Harm Reduction.

*The recording for this event is not publicly available, but you can learn about Liberatory Harm Reduction via video by watchinf Shira’s book launch with Haymarket Books linked below.


Saving Our Own Lives: A Liberatory Practice of Harm Reduction (Book)

Launch Video