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"This book is sunshine. A work of co-creation committed to destroying all forms of confinement, this powerful collection of critical essays, personal reflections, conversations, poetry, theater, art, war stories, love stories, and manifestos expose long-term caging for what it is: a drawn out execution. It also advances an abolitionist vision dedicated to interrogating and dismantling the institutions, practices, and ideologies that harm us, and imagining (and enacting) new ways of living, learning, and loving--new feminist freedoms. Inspiring, sobering, illuminating, terrifying, The Long Term, in other words, refers not just to the sentence but also to the struggle. As you read each page, remember that sunshine is life and power."

−Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

The Long Term is a powerful collection of voices, curated and edited by a powerful line-up of veteran organizers and radical thinkers. The writers in this collection make a compelling and eloquent case against 'the prison nation' and give us a glimpse of the resistance and the alternatives that are already in the works."

−Barbara Ransby, historian, writer, activist and Distinguished Professor of African American Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and History at the University of Illinois at Chicago

"The Long Term is a book for your favorite armchair: powerful reflections from the formerly incarcerated, the currently incarcerated, and those who work for their release from behind bars. From the front lines, it will inflame and inspire you to be part of this powerful wave of prison abolition and liberation."

−Bernardine Dohrn, co-author Race Course Against White Supremacy

"The essays collected in 
The Long Term address essential questions facing contemporary movements: "What must be transformed and built to eliminate harm, cultivate strong communities, and create forms of authentic public safety? What are the levers and the mind-sets that make prisons and policing appear logical, necessary, and possible?" This collection pulls together brilliant insights from writers inside and outside prisons, making critical insights and proposals about what it will take to get rid of police and prisons and build real safety and justice. This book is a must-read for anyone fighting against racism and criminalization. The Long Term is full of insightful, practical wisdom about how the punishment system is operating, what is fueling it, what reform attempts are inadvertently propping it up, and what kinds of work is actually necessary to abolish it. The Long Term is a bold and important contribution to feminist, anti-racist, and anti-punishment scholarship and activism."

−Dean Spade, founder of TORCH, Training and Organizing Resources for Community Health, author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Haymarket Books; Illustrated edition (October 9, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 250 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1608468992
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1608468997
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.89 x 8.5 inches
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Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2019
This anthology garners the questions and concerns around prison sentencing, treatment, conditions, and the effects of creating a sustainable community, both while incarcerated and after release. As a society, we’ve adapted the labels invented through criminal policies and politics structures, which were created to categorize a person, for possibly the worst thing they’ve ever done; ultimately, reducing them to that particular act. Comprised of critical essays, poetry, reflection pieces, and much more, this book exposes us to the most vulnerable parts of those formerly incarcerated, currently incarcerated, and activist who are doing the work to reform and abolish the systems that house them.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend this book, especially for those working in the legal field and/or advocating for prison reform or its abolishment. Wherever you stand on this topic, this book is a must read.
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