In this project, working title: The RoadMap to Abolition, we seek to create a digital map of community models and organizations in Massachusetts that work to address community safety, violence, and harm without policing and incarceration. We seek to include organizations that facilitate prevention programs, diversion, mediation, mutual aid and more. This digital map will include a guided tour through real public safety scenarios and provide information about how particular organizations have addressed these scenarios in the past. We are a team of graduate students who are passionate about mapping, digital design, and prison and police abolition. This project will be a living database that (1) educates the public about local alternatives to prisons and policing that keep our communities safe, (2) demonstrates a practical road map to abolition and (3) serves as a point of inspiration and coalition building for people working towards prison and police abolition.
The Roadmap to Abolition project was born out of the Feminist Futures Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab, a month-long hackathon and community even exploring community building.
The Anti-Eviction Mapping project has served as a point of inspiration for The Roadmap to Abolition. The Anti-Eviction Mapping project includes narratives and imagery of people who have been evicted from their homes in the Bay area.