Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952514 | Print ISBN: 9780761927310 | Online ISBN: 9781412952514| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Critical Resistance is a grassroots organization that “fights to end the prison industrial complex by challenging the belief that policing, surveillance, imprisonment and other forms of control make our communities safer” (Critical Resistance, 2002c, p. 1). The national office of Critical Resistance is in Oakland, California, and there are local chapters in Springfield, Massachusetts; New Haven, Connecticut; Oakland, Sacramento, and Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Sydney, Australia. Its work includes organizing local campaigns, movement building through large national and regional gatherings, and public education through film festivals, publications, and media work. In 1997, a multiracial and intergenerational group of grassroots activists, scholars, students, and former prisoners met in Oakland, California, to generate a movement against mass incarceration and prison construction in the United States. Initially, the organizers decided to host an international conference that would bring together diverse constituencies affected by mass imprisonment, from prisoners and ...