Berkeley MS Octafinals – Prisons


Vote affirmative to endorse political organizing towards achieving domestic climate policies of decarceration as a critical tactic towards the abolition of the carceral state.


The prison regime represents a form of carceral anti-ecology which produces death through a toxic process of managing those labeled disposable. We must draw critical linkage between ecology and incarceration.

Tinson 13

[Fall 2013, Christopher M. Tinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Hampshire College. He locates his teaching, research, and activism at the crossroads of U.S. Ethnic Studies, black popular culture, and prison abolition. Since 2006 he has hosted TRGGR Radio (, a Hip-Hop-rooted social justice radio program., “The Unsustainability of the Prison Industrial Complex”, Different Takes, No. 81,]


Americans rarely think of militarism and the ravages of war as a challenge to sustainability


15 What are we willing to uproot to ensure our future is sustainable?

Prisons are critical to the stability of America because they quell domestic dissent and protect global empire against its overextension. Status quo environmentalism greenwashs prisons to maintain their legitimacy. Only viewing the prison itself as a form of ecological violence can push movements towards full abolition.

Tsolkas 15

[May 14, 2015, Panagioti Tsolkas is a former editor on the Earth First! Journal collective and current coordinator of the Human Rights Defense Center’s Prison Ecology Project, “The ecology of a prison nation”,]


In the summer of 2013 I wrote “The Ecology of a Police State”


a new proposed federal prison on a mountaintop removal coal site in Kentucky.

Environmental challenges are a key vulnerability in the carceral state that provides a strategic entry point for resistance. The nexus between incarceration and pollution represents a powerful catalyst for mobilization.

Tsolkas 16. (Panagioti Tsolkas is the program coordinator of Human Rights Defense Center’s burgeoning Prison Ecology Project. He is also a former editor of the Earth First! Journal and a community organizer based currently in Lake Worth, Florida. Incarceration, Justice and the Planet: How the Fight Against Toxic Prisons May Shape the Future of Environmentalism. June, 2016.


The prison industry seemed like an unstoppable machine in those years, plowing forward at


peel away one layer of injustice, you’re finding five more underneath it.”

Vote affirmative to endorse political organizing towards achieving domestic climate policies of decarceration as a critical tactic towards the abolition of the carceral state.

Ecological resistance is an essential tool in mobilizing for decarceration. This avoids green-washing and poses pragmatic but potent challenges to the carcerality.

Richards and Peña 17

[2017, Shamelle Richards, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington AND Devon G. Peña, American Ethnic Studies, University of Washington, “AN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE CRITIQUE OF CARCERAL ANTI-ECOLOGY”, Chapter 7 in “Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to- Prison Pipeline”, pg. 126-132]


The Racialized Political Ecology of Mass Incarceration and Detention The biopolitics underlying environmental racism in


that undergirds the juridical apparatus sustaining our nation’s shameful carceral anti-ecology.

Decarceration is an effective combination of critique, action, and vision that holds pragmatism and radicalism in creative tension to garner advantages of both

Berger 13

[2013, Dan Berger is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell, “Social Movements and Mass Incarceration: What is To Be Done?”, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, Volume 15, Issue 1-2, 2013, pages 3-18]


The strategy of decarceration combines radical critique, direct action, and tangible goals for


incarceration and begin the process of shrinking the carceral state out of existence.

Decarceration is a radical demand which normatively challenges the legitimacy of administrative adjustments and confronts the underlying ideology of incarceration

Murakawa 14, Associate Professor

[2014, Naomi Murakawa is an Associate Professor Center for African American Studies, “First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America.” ProQuest ebrary]


Liberal Law-and-Order in the Twenty-First Century The perils of


of meth). In contrast, accumulated disadvantage imparts a presumption of guilt.

Resistance only occurs through the accumulation of tactical victories that end systemic violence.

Gilmore 14

[2014, Ruth Wilson Gilmore serves as a professor of geography in the doctoral program in earth and environmental sciences and as associate director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, Foreward to “The Struggle Within: Prisons, Political Prisoners, and Mass Movements in the United States”, pg. vii-ix]


Abolition’s principal theorist and best-known practitioner, Professor Davis has dedicated her entire


is precious, anywhere on this big fragile boat afloat across the universe.


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