Our returning guest Rebecca Kotz points to specific moments of our history (e.g. the de-funding of social welfare systems) which have resulted in a system that relies heavily on the prison industrial complex and prostitution industrial complex systems.

Rebecca asserts that the only way forward is dismantling these systems and uprooting harmful ideologies that inflict sexual violence on one group to protect another dominant group.

She instead hopes we can all work together to challenge these beliefs and instead create a system based on transformative justice, an approach that seeks safety and accountability without relying on alienation and punishment or systemic violence.

Rebecca’s Cited Sources Below:

8:00 | A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey 9:05 | Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Disposable Futures by Henry Giroux & Brad Evans 11:50 | Critical Resistance A World Without Walls abolition toolkit http://criticalresistance.org/resources/the-abolitionist-toolkit 15:40 | “Towards the Horizon of Abolition” an interview with Mariame Kaba  https://thenextsystem.org/learn/stories/towards-horizon-abolition-conversation-mariame-kaba and We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba  22:50 | Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence https://www.creative-interventions.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/CI-Toolkit-Final-ENTIRE-Aug-2020-new-cover.pdf 23:00 | Generation FIVE Toward transformative justice: A liberatory approach to child sexual abuse and other forms of intimate and community violence http://www.generationfive.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/G5_Toward_Transformative_Justice-Document.pdf  30:30 | INCITE! & Critical Resistance’s Statement on Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complexhttps://incite-national.org/incite-critical-resistance-statement/    For other sources and recommended reading, check out Rebecca’s resource page, http://www.rebeccakotz.com/resources.html