Boise DSA

Democratic Socialists of America

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DSA Night School: Police: Reform, Defund, Abolish?
Jun 19, 2020

Join special guest Metro DC DSA comrade David Kaib for a discussion on what it means to Defund the Police.

In the wake of continuing protests in response to the police murder of George Floyd, we invite all Boise DSA comrades to join us for a Socialist Night School on police abolitionism.

Policing (and prisons) are ubiquitous features of our world, yet these institutions have not always existed, nor played as great a role as they do today. For many, uprooting these institutions seems unthinkable (even among those who can envision a world beyond capitalism, or who see them as inherently oppressive.) In the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, there is renewed controversy about policing around the country, and interest in police abolition.

In this session, we will discuss: what policing is, what abolition means, including common misconceptions, what abolitionists do, how abolitionist approaches differ from other critiques (like mass incarceration), why abolitionist demand more than reform, what are alternatives to police, and the relationships between capitalism and the carceral state, and abolition and socialism.

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