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They say their sons were tortured by Chicago police officers. Now, they’re pushing for justice and the abolition of the police.

This video is a project from The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a professional development program for collegiate journalists.

By Christopher Vazquez

After Rosemary Cade’s son was incarcerated, she joined Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity, a Chicago-based organization that works with mothers and caregivers affected by police violence.

The organization advocates for the abolition of prison and the police. Its members, however, have a diverse range of ideas around abolition and justice. These mothers and the organization’s leaders grapple with complex questions about how to confront a criminal justice system they believe has failed them.

Read more about Christopher Vazquez and his work.

Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity, or MAMAS, tries to amplify the voices of mothers and caretakers affected by police violence. (Christopher Vazquez/NYT Institute)

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