Prison Abolition & Permaculture Webinar

Friday 8 November 2013

“Prisons are the most blatant evidence of the inequities that constitute capitalist culture, a junction where all social injustices converge”.

- Karlene Faith

Articles & Links


 * What is the prison industrial complex?

The Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) is a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing, and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems. The PIC helps and maintains the authority of people who get their power through racial, economic and similar privilege.

    * What does organising for abolition mean?

PIC abolition is a political vision with the goal of elimating prisons, policing and surveillance and creating lasting alternatives to punishment and imprisonmnent. Abolition is both a practical organising tool & a long term goal.

(Both definitions from the Critical Resistance Abolitionist Toolkit).

      * What is Permaculture?

From Permaculture One:‘Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature, while yielding an abundance of food, fibre and energy for provision of local needs.’ People, their buildings and the ways in which they organise themselves are central to permaculture. Thus the permaculture vision of permanent or sustainable agriculture has evolved to one of permanent or sustainable culture.

- David Holmgren

"Thus ‘abolishing prisons’ really means the creation of a society where systemic and historical oppression are wiped out so that everyone’s basic needs are met...Ironically, the current prison abolition movement is neither the best-suited nor strategically placed to create such a world."

- Alexander Lee

Picture from Culture of Resistance

Image from David Holmgren

"Building economies and community institutions that foster creativity, care, self determination and mutual responsibility are among abolitionist strategies for building a free just world. Holistic antiviolence perspectives foster concrete efforts to create accountable, holistic and just strategies for safety and community well being."

Jenna M Lloyd


"An abolitionist approach that seeks to answer questions such as these would require us to imagine a constellation of alternative strategies and institutions, with the ultimate aim of removing the prison from the social and ideological landscapes of our society."

- Angela Yvonne Davis