Organizing beyond the non-profit industrial complex
Plus, welcome to the new Abolition Apostles email newsletter!
Join us on Thursday, July 22, 3 pm CT (1 pm PST / 4 pm EST)
As an anti-capitalist ministry, Abolition Apostles is committed to creating new forms of organizing outside of the nonprofit. Given their funding by capitalist philanthropy and the neoliberal state, nonprofits will never work for the destruction of racial capitalism that is necessary in order to realize the abolition of jail and prisons. We refuse the reproduction of alienated labor under the guise of doing “good work.” Instead, we demand organizing that is voluntary, creative, flexible, life-giving, and liberatory for all.
Want to learn more about nonprofits and join a conversation about organizing outside of them?
On Thursday, July 22, we’re thrilled to present a conversation with Dylan Rodriguez, author of The Political Logic of the Nonprofit and president of the American Studies Association, and Carmen Rojas, President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
“Why, in other words, does the political imagination of the US non-profit and nongovernmental organization (NGO)-enabled Left generally refuse to embrace the urgent and incomplete historical work of a radical counter-state, anti-white supremacist, prison/penal/slave abolitionist movement?” — Dylan Rodriguez
Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved) Abolition Apostles newsletter!
Notice something different? We’ve migrated our email newsletter and will be writing from here on Substack from now on. By maintaining your subscription to the Abolition Apostles newsletter, you will receive monthly reflections from Abolition Apostles organizers on the theory and praxis of abolition, plus opportunities to get involved in our work. Thanks for reading!
Upcoming working group & state chapter meetings:
In order to uplift regional and local organizing, and to deepen our support and solidarity with incarcerated people across the country, Abolition Apostles has chapters in thirty states and working groups focused on a variety of topics. See below for upcoming opportunities to get involved, and email us with any questions.
Maryland & DC State Chapter Meeting: Thursday, July 8, 6 pm EST. Email Maryland coordinator Odessa Armstrong for the link to join the meeting.
North Carolina State Chapter Meeting: Friday, July 16, 4 pm EST. Email us for the link to join the meeting.
California State Chapter Meeting: Monday, July 19, 5 pm PST. Email California coordinator Laura Holford for the link to join the meeting.
Spanish Working Group Meeting: Monday, July 19, 7 pm CT (5 pm PST / 8 pm EST). Email Spanish working group coordinator Carlina Green for the link to join the meeting.
New Jersey State Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 5 pm EST. Email us for the link to join the meeting.
New York State Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 6 pm EST. Email New York coordinator KC Crewdson for the link to join the meeting.
Legal Working Group Meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 7 pm CT (5 pm PST / 8 pm EST). Email legal working group coordinator Natasha Baker for the link to join the meeting.
Michigan State Chapter Meeting: Sunday, July 25, 5:30 pm EST. Email us for the link to join the meeting.
Illinois State Chapter Meeting: Tuesday, July 27, 7 pm CT. Email Illinois coordinator Nicole Faust for the link to join the meeting.
Hotline Working Group Meeting: Thursday, July 29, 7 pm CT (5 pm PST / 8 pm EST). Email hotline coordinator Nathalie Folkerts for the link to join the meeting.