2 Articles by: Mihir Sharma

Mihir Sharma teaches political anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. He writes about social movements, race, racism, political economy, and anti-racist organizing in the United States and Germany.

St. Louis’s Shameful Workhouse Jail Must Be Shut Down

In St. Louis, the demand to defund the police has dovetailed with long-lasting struggles against cash bail and the abuse of prisoners. The Board of Aldermen’s passing of a bill that promises to start closing the city’s most notorious jail reflects the movement’s strength — but also the need for pressure to ensure that abolitionist demands are not watered down into merely cosmetic reforms.