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Abolitionist Future: Atlanta Towards Care

The justice system in the United States is widely dependent upon celebrating criminalization, cops and prisons. Meanwhile, the most criminalized harms are rooted in social and economic inequalities. Such harms include lack of affordable housing, surge in rents, wrongful incarceration, police brutality, and over policing. The Forest Cove apartment complex, located in Fulton County, in the southeast of Atlanta is another community which has been inflicted with such harms repeatedly. Hence, we reimagine an abolitionist future where instead of depending on the prison industrial complex for basic functions of care, we redefine our relationships and collectivize care through our own communities. A lot of this harm is based in the urban fabric and how the communities interact with it. Converting spaces of harm into spaces of care requires dismantling of the basic structure of streets converting them into intimate densified urban spaces which could have the overflow of caregiving functions. In order to achieve a system of collectivized care, we must first redefine relationships; shifting from anonymous to intimate, disempowerment to direct agency, suburban sprawl to densification, and building proximity to one another.