Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance is a national prison abolition organization. They seek "to end Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe." Critical Resistance publishes a quarterly bilingual journal, The Abolitionist, "which is written mostly by prisoners, former prisoners, and community advocates." The Abolitionist can be found at

Due to the abolitionist nature of the organization, they do not support reform work, or that which "that extends [the Prison Industrial Complex's] life or scope."

Critical Resistance currently has regional chapters in Los Angeles (Inglewood), CA; Oakland, CA; New York, NY; and Portland, OR.

Contact for Los Angeles Chapter:

Critical Resistance Los Angeles
Chuco’s Justice Center
1137 E. Redondo Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90302

Phone: 510.444.0484 

Volunteer orientation is held most first Sundays from 12-2 PM. Email for confirmation.

Contact for Oakland chapter:

Critical Resistance Oakland
1904 Franklin St., Ste. 504
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: (510) 444-0484

Volunteer nights occur on Tuesday, email if you're interested.

Contact for New York chapter:

Critical Resistance New York City
PO Box 2282
New York NY 10163

Phone: 212.203.0512

Volunteer nights occur on the third Tuesday of every month. Email for time and location.

Contact for Portland chapter:

Critical Resistance Portland
PO Box 11055
Portland, OR 97211


Volunteer sessions are held monthly, email for more information.


Inglewood, Oakland, New York, Portland