An exploration of how emergent strategies can help us meet this moment, survive what is to come, and shape safer and more just futures.
Practicing New Worlds explores how principles of emergence, adaptation, iteration, resilience, transformation, interdependence, decentralization and fractalization can shape organizing toward a world without the violence of surveillance, police, prisons, jails, or cages of any kind, in which we collectively have everything we need to survive and thrive.
Drawing on decades of experience as an abolitionist organizer, policy advocate, and litigator in movements for racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice and the principles articulated by adrienne maree brown in Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, Ritchie invites us to think beyond traditional legislative and policy change to create more possibilities for survival and resistance in the midst of the ongoing catastrophes of racial capitalism—and the cataclysms to come. Rooted in analysis of current abolitionist practices and interviews with on-the-ground organizers resisting state violence, building networks to support people in need of abortion care, and nurturing organizations and convergences that can grow transformative cities and movements, Practicing New Worlds takes readers on a journey of learning, unlearning, experimentation, and imagination to dream the worlds we long for into being.
Foreword – Alexis Pauline Gumbs
Foreword – adrienne maree brown
What is abolition?
What are emergent strategies?
Emergent strategies and abolition
A word about law and policy
How Can Emergent Strategies Bring us Closer to Abolition?
Abolition is Fractal
Abolition is Decentralized and Rooted in Interdependence
Abolition is Adaptive and Intentional
Abolition is Nonlinear and Iterative
Abolition is Resilient and Transformative
Abolition Creates More Possibilities (that we can’t currently imagine)
Emergent Strategies in Abolitionist Organizing & Organizations
Allied Media Conference
Young Women’s Empowerment Project
Detroit Justice Center
A mycelial organizer job description
The Role of Visionary Fiction
What’s Pleasure Got to Do With Abolition?
To Build a Future Without Police and Prisons, We Have to Imagine It First by Walidah Imarisha)
PANDOWRIMO a collection of short visionary fiction stories by the author)
Albina Zone (a short story) by Lisa Bates
Tending the Acre (a short story) by Shawn Taylor
Justice (a short story) by Mariame Kaba