Our Values

What if all homeless people had shelter, drug addicts received treatment, the hungry were fed, transgender people had the freedom to self-determine their genders, and all people with mental illness had access to comprehensive mental healthcare? What if people in poverty could access necessary resources, and libraries didn’t bully the homeless, and men were allowed to cry and express their emotions, and survivors of sexual assault consistently received community support? While these things may seem like they are a long way off, this is the world dreamed about and struggled for by the prison abolition movement. Prison abolition is about more than just tearing down the prison walls: it’s about building a just and humane society from the ground up, which requires eradicating the root causes that lead to incarceration, and eliminating the criminalization of people of color, the homeless, and people in poverty. As the group Critical Resistance puts it, “We believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure,” not jailing and caging so-called wrongdoers. Prison Justice is a group on the University of Oregon campus that seeks to address prison issues in our mass incarceration society from such a standpoint. We invite you to our meetings, which are every week on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM in the Survival Center. Join us in the fight for a better world for all people: a world without prisons, or the need for them.

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