Wellington Zinefest x PAPA
Daring to Think of
In July, Wellington Zinefest and PAPA ran Daring to Think of Something Better, a zine-making workshop about prison abolition.
A group of thirty zinemakers and activists from PAPA (People Against Prisons Aotearoa) worked together on a zine about justice in Aotearoa.
PAPA prepared a range of materials from their archives for participants to use on creative works. People drew, wrote, used collage and other techniques to create their own unique responses to the themes explored in the materials.
Thanks to PAPA for all their hard work on putting this event together. Thanks also to Wellington City Council Arts and Culture Fund, who provided funding support for this event.
Poster by @Thomas.stant
People Against Prisons Aotearoa (PAPA) is a prison abolitionist organisation working for a fairer, safer, and more just Aotearoa.
They started in February 2015 as a group concerned about the treatment of transgender people in prisons. Since then, they've become a mass-based organisation that works with different communities to address the worst problems of the criminal justice system, and to build a better one.
Letters from Lockdown
Solitary confinement is the harshest form of punishment available in the New Zealand prison system. This report by People Against Prisons Aotearoa researcher Ti Lamusse outlines why its use in New Zealand prisons needs to end.
This booklet draws together the findings of reports made by the Office of the Ombudsman in its investigations of four New Zealand prisons. Using these reports, researchers provide an account, in plain language, of the ongoing abuse and mistreatment of prisoners.
This booklet, made to accompany PAPA workshops, outlines the guiding principles behind transformative justice and presents a brief but malleable plan for dealing with interpersonal harm in a way that does not involve incarcerating, punishing or isolating people.
In Abolitionist Demands, PAPA outline a number of material demands that take the path to prison abolition. The demands have been broken down into short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term, as well as into categories concerning policing, courts, and prisons.