Books for changing the world

September 29, 2022 at 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Online Teach-in

Abolishing State Violence: A World Beyond Bombs, Borders, and Cages

Join Ray Acheson and David vine for a conversation about a shared abolitionist framework to address structures of state violence.

Online Teach-in


Connecting movements for social justice with ideas for how activists can support and build on this analysis and strategy, Ray Acheson will share their thoughts on the many mutually supportive abolition movements, each enhanced by a shared understanding of the relationship between structures of violence and a shared framework for challenging them on the basis of their roots in patriarchy, racism, militarism, settler colonialism, and capitalism.

***Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will also be recorded and live captioning will be provided.***



Ray Acheson is director of disarmament at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and a steering group member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for its work to highlight the humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons and work with governments to develop the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Acheson is the author of Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy.

David Vine is Professor of political anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. David is the author of a trilogy of books about war and peace including the recently released, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State (University of California Press, 2020). David is also the author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military on Diego Garcia.