Cultivating Solidarity from the Inside-Out: Abolitionist Efforts to Trans-gress the Prison Walls

Jaden Janak

Abstract


Incarcerated radical intellectuals elucidate the nature of political struggle
and its various arenas. Alongside these writers are solidarity groups that
propagate their writings and intellectual products. Through a close reading
of Black Communist trans prisoner Alyssa V. Hope’s legal efforts and
writings, this article unearths how a pen-pal relationship transformed into
a comprehensive abolitionist community. This case study provides an example
of how abolitionists are grappling with the need to support the material
needs of marginalised communities while still building otherwise
possible worlds separate from a failing welfare state. Mutual aid projects,
like the one formed by Hope’s supporters, showcase that otherwise possible
worlds are not only possible, but they are being created right now before
us.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.6094/behemoth.2021.14.3.1064