“Abolitionist Planning for Resistance” Resource Guide
The UCLA Abolitionist Planning Group produced a resource guide that outlines their first steps to understand Trumpism as a moment in United States politics. Committed to a philosophy of abolitionism, they seek to understand how urban planning, as discipline and professional practice, can analyze and address the systematic oppressions expanded and institutionalized by the new administration.
In 8 parts, their pamphlet urges planners to:
TO DESIGN, PLAN, OR BUILD SYSTEMS THAT DIVIDE AND OPPRESS COMMUNITIES, INCLUDING THE PROPOSED WALL BETWEEN THE US AND MEXICO
THEIR SPACES “SANCTUARIES” TO UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, WHILE PLANNING SANCTUARIES FOR ALL VICTIMS OF INJUSTICE
TO ABOLISHING MASS INCARCERATION AND THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, WHILE EXPANDING “ABOLITION” TO ALL SYSTEMS THAT PROMOTE RACIAL AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION
CRITICALLY AND HISTORICALLY ON THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PLANNING TO UNDERSTAND AND RESIST OUR COMPLICITY IN SYSTEMS OF RACIAL CAPITALISM AND PATRIARCHY