“Taking an abolitionist stance does not mean refusing to engage in incremental change, nor does it mean abandoning efforts to improve conditions inside prisons. Rather, abolitionists engage in 'abolitionist reforms' or 'non-reformist reforms.' These are reforms that either directly undermine the prison industrial complex or provide support to prisoners through strategies that weaken, rather than strengthen, the prison system itself.”
- Eric Stanley, author, Captive Genders
Since 2006, every fall, men in the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP) at San Francisco Jail #5 and Performing Arts students from the University of San Francisco, have collaborated on creating music, writing, theater and movement to explore issues that are important to them. The 15 week workshop culminates in performances for other men in RSVP and invited "outside" guests.
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