Publications

Selected Articles/Essays

Bresha Meadows’s Hearing Resulted in a Plea Deal by Mariame Kaba (Teen Vogue, 5/23/17)

For Mother’s Day, Activists Are Bailing Black Mamas Out of Jail by Mariame Kaba (Broadly., 5/10/17)

Free Us All: Participatory defense campaigns as abolitionist organizing by Mariame Kaba (The New Inquiry, 5/8/17)

Yes, Trump Is President. We Can’t Compromise in the Fight Against Criminalization.” by Alisa Bierria and Mariame Kaba (In These Times, 1/18/2017)

Documenting One Woman’s Experiences in the Criminal Justice System: Laura Scott, San Quentin Prisoner #23187” by Mariame Kaba (Roots: Newsletter of the Afro-American History Society, Spring 2016).

Imagining Freedom by Mariame Kaba (Poetry Magazine, 4/1/16)

Four Years Since a Chicago Police Officer Killed Rekia Boyd, Justice Still Hasn’t Been Served by Mariame Kaba (In These Times, 3/21/16)

All of Chicago – not just its police – must see systemic change to save black lives by Mariame Kaba (The Guardian, 12/28/15)

The Chicago police chief might be gone – but the fight against brutality continues by Mariame Kaba (The Guardian, 12/2/15)

“Justice” (2015) by Mariame Kaba in The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future, Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (The Feminist Press)

How to Repair the Criminal Justice System, “Take No Prisoners” by Mariame Kaba (Vice Magazine, 10/5/15)

Summer Heat by Mariame Kaba (The New Inquiry, 6/8/15)

Prosecuting Cops Does Not Equal Justice by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 5/6/15)

“Who Cares?” Killing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 4/10/15)

Sarah: Caretaker of the People’s Camera by Mariame Kaba (Praxis Center, 2/1015)

“Still Not Free: Working with Girls in Conflict with the Law” (2015) by Mariame Kaba in Girls In Justice (by Richard Ross)

“Officer Friendly Never Lived Here: Youth, Urban Policing and Art” (2014) by Mariame Kaba in Art Against The Law (edited by Rebecca Zorach)

Applauding Black Death in the Hour of Chaos by Mariame Kaba, “A Special Issue on Michael Brown and Ferguson” in ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness (edited by Nancy A. Heitzeg and Rose M. Brewer, 2014)

The Man With The Cardboard Sign by Mariame Kaba, “A Special Issue on Michael Brown and Ferguson” in ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics and Consciousness (edited by Nancy A. Heitzeg and Rose M. Brewer, 2014)

Thirteen Things That We Re-Learned About the Prison Industrial Complex in 2014 by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 12/29/14)

Police “Reforms” You Should Always Oppose by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 12/7/14)

Free Marissa and All Black People by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 11/26/14)

Whether Darren Wilson Is Indicted or Not, the Entire System Is Guilty by Mariame Kaba (In These Times, 11/17/14) and in Jacobin (11/18/14)

Broken Bonds, Un-Broken Cages: Some Thoughts on “Locked Down, Locked Out” by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 11/12/14)

Applauding Black Death in the Hour of Chaos by Mariame Kaba (Truthout, 10/21/14)

For blacks, America is dangerous by default by Mariame Kaba (The Washington Post, 8/22/14)

How to End the Criminalization of America’s Mothers by Mariame Kaba (The Nation Magazine, 8/21/14) and republished in Truthout (8/25/14)

Itemizing Atrocity by Tamara K. Nopper and Mariame Kaba, Jacobin Magazine, 8/15/14 (also re-published in Truthout, 8/17/14)

‘Twitter IS Toxic. And So Is the Rest of the World.’ by Mariame Kaba & Andrea Smith, The Nation Magazine, April 17, 2014

Prison Reform’s In Vogue and Other Strange Things by Mariame Kaba, Truthout, March 21, 2014

Arresting the Carceral State by Mariame Kaba and Erica Meiners, Class Action: An Activist Teacher’s Handbook (published by Jacobin Magazine, 2/13/14)

Interlopers on Social Media: Feminism, Women of Color and Oppression by Mariame Kaba and Andrea Smith, Truthout, February 1, 2014

Fifteen Things That We Relearned About the Prison Industrial Complex in 2013 by Mariame Kaba, Truthout, December 20, 2013

Stopping the causes of violence by Mariame Kaba, Socialist Worker, October 17, 2013

Restorative Justice is Not Enough: School-Based Interventions in the Carceral State by Hereth, Kaba, Meiners, and Wallace in Disrupting the School-To-Prison Pipeline (2012). Edited by Bahena, Cooc, Currie-Rubin. Kuttner, and Ng

Guest Editors’ introduction (PDF)” by Mariame Kaba and Michelle VanNatta. Special Issue: Teen Girls’ Experiences of and Resistance to Violence. Violence Against Women Journal (December 2007)

So Much Reform, So Little Change: Building-Level Obstacles to Urban School Reform by Charles Payne & Mariame Kaba, Social Policy, Spring/Summer 2007

When Black Hair Tangles With White Power by Mariame Kaba in Tenderheaded: A Comb Bending Collection of Hair Stories (2001), Edited by Juliette Harris & Pamela Johnson

“They Listen to me…but they don’t act on it”: Contradictory Consciousness and Student Participation in Decision-Making by Mariame Kaba, The High School Journal (December 2000-January 2001)

Blog

Prison Culture: How the PIC Structures Our World – I started this blog in late June 2010 & it is where I write most regularly.

Curriculum (you can find other resources that I created or co-created here)

Attica Prison Uprising: A Short Primer by Mariame Kaba with contributions by Lewis Wallace & Katy Groves (2011)

Giving Name to the Nameless: Using Poetry as an Anti-Violence Intervention with Girls and Young Women by Mariame Kaba (2011)

No Selves to Defend: Curriculum For Marissa Alexander Teach-In by Mariame Kaba (2013)

Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team Anti-Street Harassment Curriculum (PDF) by Mariame Kaba (2006) – more resources can be found here.

Something is Wrong: Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence by Mariame Kaba, Cyriac Mathew, Nathan Haines (2010)

Talking With Youth About Policing: An Activity Guide by Mariame Kaba (2012)

Where Our Boys At? Involving Young Men as Allies to End Violence by Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team & Mariame Kaba (2011)

Reports (many of the reports can be found here)

Arresting Justice: A Report about Juvenile Arrests in Chicago 2009 & 2010 by Caitlin Patterson & Mariame Kaba (2011)

Arresting Justice: Juvenile Arrests in Chicago 2011 & 2012 by Mariame Kaba (2013)

Arresting Justice: Juvenile Arrests in Chicago, 2013 and 2014 by Mariame Kaba (2015)

A Conscious Chicagoan’s Guide to Youth Detention and Incarceration by Mariame Kaba (2012)

A Conscious Chicagoan’s Guide to Youth Detention and Incarceration (Updated) by A.S. Lewis and Mariame Kaba (2014)

Dating Violence and Forced Sex Among Teenagers in IL & Chicago (PDF) by Mariame Kaba (2010)

Juvenile Justice in Illinois: A Data Snapshot by Mariame Kaba (2014)

Mandatory Minimuns & Guns: Opinions from Illinois by Julian Ignacio & Mariame Kaba (2013)

North Lawndale Juvenile Justice Snapshot 2009-2010 by Mariame Kaba (2011)

Policing Chicago Public Schools: A Gateway to the School to Prison Pipeline by Mariame Kaba & Frank Edwards (2012)

Policing Chicago Public Schools: Volume 2 by Mariame Kaba & Eva Nagao (2013)

Rogers Park Juvenile Justice Snapshot 2009 by Mariame Kaba (2010)

Rogers Park Juvenile Justice Snapshot 2010 by Mariame Kaba (2012)

Status of Girls in Illinois — Executive Summary by Mariame Kaba, Melissa Spatz, and Michelle VanNatta (2009)

Status of Girls Report – FULL VERSION by Mariame Kaba, Melissa Spatz, and Michelle VanNatta (2009)

Trends in Chicago Juvenile Justice, 2009-2012 by Cook, Czykieta, Mack, Skrable & Kaba (2013)

We’re In It For the Long Haul: Alternatives to Incarceration For Youth in Conflict with the Law by Michelle VanNatta & Mariame Kaba (2013)

Zines/Other Publications

A Story of Attica (PDF) by Mariame Kaba and Lewis Wallace (2011)

The Mississippi Papers (PDF) (Volume 1: Historical Moments of Policing, Violence & Resistance) by Mariame Kaba, images/illustrations by Mauricio Pineda (2012)

An (Abridged) History of Police Violence in Harlem (PDF) (Volume 3: Historical Moments of Policing, Violence & Resistance) by Mariame Kaba (2012)

‘We Don’t Want This To Look Like A Massacre:” The Danziger Bridge Shootings (PDF) (Volume 4: Historical Moments of Policing, Violence & Resistance) by Mariame Kaba, images/illustration by Billy Dee (2012)

Laura Scott: Negress, Prisoner #23187 by Mariame Kaba (2012)