Lessons in Liberation

Lessons in Liberation

An Abolitionist Toolkit for Educators

by The Education for Liberation Network & Critical Resistance Editorial Collective

Contributions by Bettina L. Love, Mariame Kaba and Jay Gillen

Published by: AK Press

Imprint: AK Press

220 Pages, 8.00 x 11.00 x 0.00 in, 20 illustrations throughout with 8 to 12 of them repeated in a color insert

  • Paperback
  • 9781849354363
  • Published: September 2021


The movement for abolition is expanding faster and faster. Born from Black and women-of-color feminism, disability justice, and environmental movements, the call to end our reliance on imprisonment, policing, and surveillance and to imagine a safer future has a new terrain of struggle. This toolkit for educators, parents, and youth, shines a light on innovative abolitionist projects, particularly in the K–12 teaching and learning contexts.

The book consists of three parts, each divided into sections on analysis, knowledge, and power. Part One covers the roots of abolitionist work, Part Two explores the everyday application of the lessons and principles, and Part Three highlights growing and expanding the work. Topics include student power in schools, immigrant justice in the face of ICE, approaches to sex education, arts-based curriculum, and building abolitionist skills and thinking in lesson plans. Contributors include Mariame Kaba, Jay Gillen, Bettina L. Love, the Black Organizing Project, and the Chicago Women’s Health Center, among others.

Born of patient and urgent work, and more than five years in the making, Lessons in Liberation expands our scope beyond defunding the police and to our wildest freedom dreams.