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In The Abolitionist's Handbook, Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for the liberation of Black people and the poor and disenfranchised, force reform, create a meaningful plan for reparations, and teach each other how to truly love our fellow (wo)man.

Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolitionism, a declaration of policies and institutions that need reform and actionable ways to get it done, a reimagining of what reparations look like for the forgotten, and real-life anecdotes from Cullors and an array of people fighting for true equity, The Abolitionist's Handbook offers a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be an productive modern-day abolitionist, leading with love, fierce compassion, and precision.

InThe Abolitionist's Handbook readers will learn how to:

  • The Abolitionist's Handbook by Patrisse Cullors
  • have courageous conversations
  • move away from reaction and towards response
  • take care of oneself while fighting for others
  • turn inter-community conflict into a positive opportunity
  • navigate mainstream media requests
  • expand one’s imagination, think creatively, and find the courage to experiment
  • make justice joyful
  • practice active forgiveness
  • make space for difficult feelings and honor mental health
  • practice non-harm and cultivate compassion

The Abolitionist's Handbook is for those who are socially minded and conscious and looking to change the systemic issues that promote the racial, gender and class disparity and inequality that has harmed and continues to harm all of us.

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years.

Since she began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013, it has expanded into a global foundation supporting Black led movements in the US, UK, and Canada and has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. The significance of the Black Lives Matter movement has been recognized by The New York Times as the "largest movement in US history." TIME 100 also named Patrisse as the 100 most influential people in 2020. Patrisse has led multiple Los Angeles based organizations such as Dignity and Power Now, Justice LA and Reform LA Jails. Each of these organizations have won progressive ballot measures, fought against a $3.5 billion jail plan, and implemented the first ever Civilian Oversight Commission of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Patrisse is also the Faculty Director of Arizona’s Prescott College, a new Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA program, which she developed nesting a curriculum focused on the intersection of art, social justice and community organizing that is first of its kind in the nation. 

Not stopping there, Patrisse is also a former staff writer on Freeform’s Good Trouble series as well as an actress on the show. She also co-produced the 12-part YouTube Originals series titled RESIST, that premiered November 18, 2020 on the platform. In 2020, Patrisse signed an overall production deal with Warner Brothers, where she intends to continue to uplift Black stories, talent, and creators that will continue to transform the world of art and culture.


  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 5, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781250272973
  • Shipping Weight: 11 oz.
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