Tony Robert Cochran (b. 1987) is a prison abolitionist, philosopher and social critic.
Cochran, once a practicing radical psychoanalyst, was wrongfully accused and charged with Blackmail in the United Kingdom. During trial, where he defended and represented himself, his political history and sexual orientation became central parts of the prosecution’s case. Upon conviction, he served 10 months of a 36-month sentence in UK prisons; therefore, actual experiences with jurisprudence and incarceration policies inform his prison abolition work.
Before incarceration he worked as a psychoanalyst and social critic (The Crimson Picaro). From 2007 to 2010 he worked in the US labor movement: first with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), then with UNITE HERE, the hotel workers’ union, as the LGBTQ-Labor coordinator, and lastly with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). In 2011 he traveled to Occupy Wall Street and became the Communications Director for Occupy 477 Sugar Hill-Harlem.
Now living in Warsaw, Poland he is currently writing Queer Dispatches from Warsaw, chronicling his experiences as a US expat in a dynamic, changing city under a far-right regime, the first in the series was published by Vice Poland. He is also writing Prison as Power a critique of State powers to police, prosecute and imprison which work alongside economic exploitation, sexism, queerphobia and racism to produce mass incarceration, which will be published by Paranoia Publishing. Exploring society in the ‘post-‘ world is his new series Post-Subjectivity.
Always looking to engage, he invites you send him your thoughts. Finding interesting narratives is a mission of his.
Ex-prisoners, prison abolitionists and former or current LGBTQ residents of Poland are especially encouraged to write.