Resources from us:
“Das Risiko wagen. Strategien für selbstorganisierte & kollektive Verantwortungsübernahme bei sexualisierter Gewalt” is the German language translation of one of the founding texts of community accountability from Seattle-based group Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA). The zine includes an introduction from our collective about potentials and pitfalls in translating community accountability into our Berlin setting.
The “What really makes us safe?” Project
* Project Summary (first 5 minutes of the vid)
A dual language project (English-German) in Berlin about community alternatives to state violence in addressing sexual and intimate partner violence.
** “Toolkit für Aktivist_innen” (Toolkit for Activists) in German
with contributions from many Berlin-based activists and organizations, including: Women in Exile, LesMigraS, Hydra, Kiralina, Kampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt (KOP), MSO Inklusiv!, & KNAS.
Pass it on to friends, family, and comrades.
*** “Laboratory for Alternatives to Police & Prisons”, summer 2017
Video of the Lab’s Public Dialogue between Mai’a Williams & Melanie Brazzell
“Community Accountability: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”
**** “What really makes us safe?” Roundtable, summer 2016
***** Seminar “Feminism and the State: Carceral Feminisms and Transformative Alternatives”
Other English Language Resources:Survivors Safety & Support
Community Accountability & Transformative Justice Reading List:
from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
*two-page intro to the concept
“The Revolution Starts at Home : Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities”
ed. Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
available free online thanks to INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence or as a new, expanded version in print from South End Press
*the name says it all…
check out these articles from the zine :
p. 58-64 by Vanessa Huang
*a history and overview of the transformative justice movement
p. 64-79 by a collective of women of color from Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA) in Seattle
*CARA’s principles and three scenarios of their work
A Stand Up Start Up zine
from Philly Stands Up
*for those thinking about forming a transformative justice group
from the LGBT Program of the American Friends Service Committee
*focus on hate, state, and intimate violence against queer people
*stories from a survivor who went through a confrontation with a perpetrator (p. 11-16)
& a facilitator of a confrontation (p. 22-16, half of the zine is in printing order, aka backwards)
by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Ad-Hoc Accountability Working Group Meeting
*detailed plan for accountability within an organization or institution
(German version : “Transformative Hilfe” zine)
*plan for accountability within a group of friends or a scene
*plan for community-wide accountability
*focus on child abuse
by Ann Russo and Melissa Spatz from Women and Girls Collective Action Network (Chicago)
There’s also a number of academic, research, government, and legal texts about restorative & transformative justice, which I’ve chosen not to include here in order to keep the focus on grassroots community-based initiatives. For a fuller bibliography, email us.
For readings related to particular components of Community Accountability, like prevention education, consent, working with perpetrators, or survivor support, see below
Survivor Support, Safety, Self-Determination
Consent Education & Prevention
“My Strength” Campaign : redefining masculinity
Perpetrator Accountability & Transformation
for perpetrators :
- “what to do when someone tells you / that you violated their boundaries, made them feel uncomfortable, or committed assault” one page pamphlet (German translation here)
- letter to an unintentional perpetrator
- Taking the First Step: Suggestions for People Called Out for Abusive Behavior
for those holding perpetrators accountable :
- Helping Others Get Help excerpts from Men’s Work by Paul Kivel (German translation here)
- Portrait of Praxis: An Anatomy of Accountability from Philly Stands Up
- Ways Perpetrators Avoid Accountability section “How is Gender Oppression within Progressive, Radical, Revolutionary Movement(s) Maintained, Supported, Encouraged?” from “Community Accountability within the People of Color Progressive Movement” by INCITE!
- Challenging Men, Changing Communities: Reflections on Male Supremacy and Transformative Justice by Challenging Male Supremacy
- Articles from Tod Augusta-Scott, founder of Bridges Institute in Canada (domestic violence institute)
- Addressing Culture in Batterers Intervention
Thanks to all the groups that have openly published their materials, and hope that it is cool with them for to post their pdf’s directly on this site. If not, please let me know.