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17 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 1 (2020)

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Editor in Chief: Foreword


          My abolitionist journey embodies the following twelve
     principles: (1) have courageous conversations; (2) commit to
     response versus reaction; (3) experiment: nothing is fixed; (4) say
     yes to one's imagination; (5)forgive actively versus passively; (6)
     allow oneself to feel; (7) commit to not harming or abusing
     others; (8) practice accountability for harm caused; (9) embrace
     non-reformist reforms; (10) build community; (11) value
     interpersonal relationships; (12) fight the U.S. state and do not
     make it stronger. I ask that you sit with these vignettes, reflect on
     your own experiences, and begin to sketch your own abolitionist
     praxes and testimonies.
             -   Professor Patrisee Cullors, Abolition and Resistance:
                   Histories of Resitance, Transformative Justice, and
               Accountability, 132 Harvard Law Review (April 2019)


     The hardest question I have ever been asked in law school was:
What if?
     There was nothing more past the if' and What if' wasn't a sentence
starter. In our critical race studies class, Professor Veena Dubal stood
above us as we huddled around one of the smallest classrooms at Hastings,
and just said, What if? It was our last class of the semester, and I found it
typical for my professors to give a some ancedote aimed at motivating,
and/or calming my fellow students to do good with the law and enjoy law
school.  However, this wasn't the case. Professor Veena Dubal was
genuinely asking us, What if? and she didn't have an answer.
     In our critical race studies class, Professor Veena Dubal pushed us to
embrace imagination. During our last class, I was tasked to lead a
classroom discussion on open borders, reparations, and prison abolition
with two of the most intelligent individuals at Hastings, Michelle Trejo-
Saldivar and Axl Campos Kaminski. Little did I know that last class would
present one of the most challenging, existential questions of my law school
career and probably my life. By simply asking What if? my classmates
and I were pushed to embrace imagination. We were pushed to go beyond
critically analyzing laws, systems, and society, but to take a complete step
back from every bit of comfort and sense of familiarity we knew. We were
pushed to assume possibility.

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