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Derecka Purnell

Derecka Purnell is a lawyer, writer, organizer, and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom. She is also a Guardian columnist.

An interview with Derecka Purnell about her new book Becoming Abolitionists, how we should think about the systems that produce violence, and, ultimately, the resources that will allow people to live safely.

Derecka Purnell Nia T. Evans

Abolition is not only about eliminating the police, but imagining new systems that work to ensure a fair, equal society where there is no place for racism, ableism, or state violence.

Derecka Purnell

Activist Derecka Purnell interviews historian Elizabeth Hinton about her new book, America on Fire, and how the label “riot” discredits Black political demands.

Derecka Purnell Elizabeth Hinton

Abolition is not about transforming the police, it is about transforming the nation.

Derecka Purnell

Our demonstrations should make us smarter.

Derecka Purnell