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Read 'Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, & the Pursuit of Freedom' by Derecka Purnell

Can there be justice without violence?


Arguing that police reform is impossible, Derecka Purnell's new book, Becoming Abolitionists, plots an alternative trajectory to building safer communities and a more just world.


Becoming Abolitionists shows that abolition is not solely about getting rid of police, but a commitment to create and support different answers to the problem of harm in society, and, most excitingly, an opportunity to reduce and eliminate harm in the first place.




You can purchase a copy of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, & the Pursuit of Freedom by Derecka Purnell at:

  • Bookshop.org: $28.00 (currently on sale* for $25.76 with a portion of the sale supporting independent bookstores)

  • IndieBound: $28.00

  • Amazon: $28.00 (currently on sale* for $20.10 - most of which is going into Jeff Bezos pocket.)

  • Audible: $31.47 (currently on sale* for $14.95)

  • Powell's: $28.00

  • Barnes & Noble: $28.00 (currently on sale* for $24.99)


*The discounted price is reflective of time the article was written (the week of November 18, 2021)*


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