An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World (Hardcover)

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An Abolitionist's Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World (Hardcover)


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From the Co-Founder of the #BlackLivesMatter, a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to being a modern-day abolitionist

In An Abolitionist’s Handbook, New York Times bestselling author, artist, and activist Patrisse Cullors charts a framework for how everyday artists, activists, and organizers can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives, and real-life anecdotes from Cullors, An Abolitionist’s Handbook asks us to lead with love, fierce compassion, and precision. Readers will learn the 12 steps to change yourself and the world.

An Abolitionist’s Handbook is for those who are looking to reimagine a world where communities are treated with dignity, care and respect. It gives us permission to move away from cancel culture and into visioning change and healing.

Patrisse Cullors is an author of the New York Times bestseller When They Call You a Terrorist, educator, artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of the Crenshaw Dairy Mart and has been on the frontlines of the abolitionist movement with Black Lives Matter, Justice LA, Dignity and Power Now, and Reform LA jails. Also the founder of The Center For Art and Abolition, Cullors has popularized the term “Abolitionist Aesthetics” to challenge artists to aestheticize abolition.
Product Details ISBN: 9781250272973
ISBN-10: 1250272971
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 25th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English

Praise for An Abolitionist's Handbook

"If we’re serious about real change... we’re going to need a handbook. Patrisse Cullors, one of the original cofounders of the Black Lives Matter movement, teaches how to build an activism practice from a place of compassion and love." —Glamour

"Although An Abolitionist's Handbook contains instructions on how to enact Black liberation and the liberation of underserved communities; how to fight imperialism, white supremacy, and colonialism, and details on dismantling the prison industrial system and other harmful structures, it’s also imbued with stories from Cullors’s upbringing as a young Black woman in the United States, her experiences in the Black Lives Matter movement, and the lessons she’s learned along the way." —W Magazine

"In her new book, An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World, Patrisse Cullors starts with courageous conversations... These conversations typically arise out of our lived experiences. They are conversations we have because we care. They are conversations that first start with us." —Yes! Magazine

"Advocating for a new world is draining work, yet can also be liberatory if the right tools are used. Fortunately, activist and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors has crafted the framework for activists to create an abolitionist future."—Black Girl Nerds

"Her guidance on how to achieve personal and social transformation is enlightening. Readers will be inspired to take action." —Publishers Weekly

Recommended for all readers interested in social change activism, particularly prison reform and the defund-the-police movement." —Library Journal

"Cullors offers a wide range of strategies for activists who share her view that you can’t always fix a broken system." —Kirkus

Praise for Patrisse and When They Call You a Terrorist

"Strikingly beautiful… Patrisse Cullors' story is a moral example to the nation." —Michael Eric Dyson, New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America

“This book is a must-read for all of us.” —Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow

"This is a story of perseverance from a woman who found her voice in a world that often tried to shut her out. When They Call You a Terrorist is more than just a reflection on the American criminal justice system. It’s a call to action for readers to change a culture that allows for violence against people of color." —TIME Magazine, named one of the Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far

“Impassioned, direct, inspiring and unsparing.” —Entertainment Weekly

“This powerful book by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors reminds us American racism is pervasive…the mission of Khan-Cullors and her fellow activists has never been more important – or more urgent.” —The Guardian

"[A] fierce, intimate memoir." —O Magazine

"A thoroughly modern, fre­quently poetic take on the black-freedom-struggle narrative." —Ms. Mag

"One of 2018’s most important nonfiction books." —The Root