Parenting Toward Abolition

Maya Schenwar and Kim Wilson, editors

Haymarket Books (December 10, 2024)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9798888902554  •US $19.95 • 6 in x 9 in • 288 pgs.


A vital anthology exploring the intersections between caregiving and abolition
Abolition has never been a proposal to simply tear things down. As Alexis Pauline Gumbs asks, “What if abolition is something that grows?” As we struggle to build a liberatory, caring, loving, abundant future, we have much to learn from the work of birthing, raising, caring for, and loving future generations. 
In We Grow the World Together, abolitionists and organizers Maya Schenwar and Kim Wilson bring together a remarkable collection of voices revealing the complex tapestry of ways people are living abolition in their daily lives through parenting and caregiving. Ranging from personal narratives to policy-focused analysis to activist chronicles, these writers highlight how abolition is essential to any kind of parenting justice.
Contributors include:
Beth Richie
Harsha Walia
EJ, 6 years old
Dorothy Roberts
Ruth Wilson Gilmore
Dylan Rodríguez
Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
Shira Hassan
Victoria Law
Mariame Kaba
The PDX Childcare Collective
adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown


Praise for Prison by Any Other Name:
“Important reading for anyone involved in the criminal justice system.”

Kirkus Reviews

“A cogent critique. . . . Their impassioned yet evidence-based polemic exposes flaws in much of the perceived wisdom around the issue. Policy makers and criminal justice reform advocates should consider this bracing account a must-read.”

Publishers Weekly

“Necessary reading for any critic of mass incarceration seeking to understand the myriad policy alternatives and the path to lasting liberation.”

Library Journal

“In this timely work‚ Maya Schenwar and Victoria Law offer us exciting new perspectives that reveal abolition to be the most reasonable path toward a just future.”
Angela Y. Davis

“A clear-eyed reality check. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know how all Americans can become more safe and more free.”

Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black
“Reminds us powerfully‚ soberingly, and unequivocally, that we simply can’t end today’s carceral crisis by calling for reforms that are still‚ fundamentally‚ punitive.”

Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Blood in the Water


Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s editor-in-chief, author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, and co-editor of Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States


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