Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

New Suns Book Club

Books are powerful tools to help us dismantle, reimagine, and recreate the world that is possible and necessary, one not defined by white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism, but defined by our connection to each other and the place we inhabit.

That is the intention of this book club, to be a piece of that collective effort through featuring and discussing imaginative fiction to create our wildest dreams, as well as nonfiction that unpacks the issues which our communities must address to move towards a liberated world. 

We switch between fiction and non-fiction. We read one book each month and meet at noon at Palabras on the last Saturday of each month to discuss it.


This month's book club isnonfiction title, Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests and The Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell

In her critically acclaimed first book Becoming Abolitionists, Purnell draws from her experiences as a lawyer, writer, and organizer initially skeptical about police abolition. She saw too much sexual violence and buried too many friends to consider getting rid of police in her hometown of St. Louis, let alone the nation. But the police were a placebo. Calling them felt like something, and something feels like everything when the other option seems like nothing.

Purnell details how multi-racial social movements rooted in rebellion, risk-taking, and revolutionary love pushed her and a generation of activists toward abolition. The book travels across geography and time, and offers lessons that activists have learned from Ferguson to South Africa, from Reconstruction to contemporary protests against police shootings.

Here, Purnell invites readers to envision new systems that work to address the root causes of violence. Becoming Abolitionists shows that abolition is not solely about getting rid of police, but a commitment to create and support different answers to the problem of harm in society, and, most excitingly, an opportunity to reduce and eliminate harm in the first place.

Event address: 
906 W Roosevelt st.
Unit 2
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom By Derecka Purnell Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662601668
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Published: Astra House - October 4th, 2022