Category Archives: prison

Bail Bonds

I’ve recently written about the Des Moines Mutual Aid Bail Fund. Concentration camps versus abolition A Quaker friend reminded me that some early Friends (Quakerism began in the mid 1600’s) refused to be released from prison by posting bail. For … Continue reading

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Abolition of police and prisons

I’ve been participating in Zoom discussions of the Quaker Abolition Network, initiated by Mackenzie Barton-Rowledge and Jed Walsh. The following is from an article they wrote for Western Friend. Mackenzie: Let’s start with: What does being a police and prison … Continue reading

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What does abolition look like in Iowa?

I have joined the Quaker Abolition Network, a new national network of Friends working toward the abolition of police and prisons. I used to think of abolition in terms of the institution of slavery, the death penalty, or nuclear weapons. … Continue reading

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White Quakers Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles I plan to write about White Quakers. Yesterday I began by writing about White Quakers and Native Peoples, specifically about land theft and settler colonization. I strongly feel there is an … Continue reading

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Introduction to abolition and Quakers today

I used to think of abolition in terms of slavery, or the death penalty, or nuclear weapons. Today discussions about abolition are more commonly about abolishing police and prisons. I’m just beginning to learn how that might come about. This … Continue reading

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