Library : read & listen.

Resources from us:

Bild von grünen Gras und das braun Boden darunter mit dem Text: "Das Risiko wagen. Strategien für selbstorganisierte und kollektive Verantowrtungsübernahme bei sexualisierter Gewalt"







“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 

geöffnete Nähkästchen mit verschiedene Objekte drin: ein "Familienrezepte" Kochbuch, Maßband, Drahtzangen, Lippenstift, Kondome, ein BVG MonatsKarte, ein Schlüsselbund mit den Wörtern "bezahlbare Miete", ein Visum mit dem Wort "Bleiberecht", ein Handy mit eine neue SMS und ein Gesundsheitskarte. Text: "Was macht uns wirklich sicher? Toolkit für Aktivist_innen"





with contributions from many Berlin-based activists and organizations, including: Women in ExileLesMigraSHydraKiralinaKampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt (KOP)MSO Inklusiv!, & KNAS[].


Pass it on to friends, family, and comrades.




*** “Laboratory for Alternatives to Police & Prisons”, summer 2017

geöffnete Nähkästchen mit verschiedene Objekte drin: ein "Familienrezepte" Kochbuch, Maßband, Drahtzangen, Lippenstift, Kondome, ein BVG MonatsKarte, ein Schlüsselbund mit den Wörtern "bezahlbare Miete", ein Visum mit dem Wort "Bleiberecht", ein Handy mit eine neue SMS und ein Gesundsheitskarte. Text: "Was macht uns wirklich sicher? Labor für Alternativen zu Polizei & Gefängnis"


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


Several gray bars (like prison bars) broken up by red, blue, and yellow bands which say: "The State sells us safety in the form of borders, policing, and prisons. But… What would really make us safe? Discussion with: Nadija Samour (jurist of color) Stephanie Klee (sex worker & activist, Sanchita Basu (ReachOut e.V.) Jennifer Petzen (Lesbenberatung e.V.) Sunday, July 24th 7-9 pm Jockel Biergarten Ratiborstr. 14C 10999 Berlin How can seemingly 'good ideas' like supporting survivors of violence go so very wrong by reinforcing racist policing and security regimes? After Köln and Orlando, mainstream feminist and LGBT organizations call on the State for more ‘protection’. Yet we know that the State uses its claims to protect marginalized communities as an alibi to continue law enforcement violence against people of color and migrants. If police and borders don’t make us safe, what alternatives do we have in our communities? How can we build safety for ourselves?"


Video of the Roundtable:



***** Seminar “Feminism and the State: Carceral Feminisms and Transformative Alternatives”

mehr Info zum Seminar & Seminarplan (auf Englisch)


Other English Language Resources:


Community Accountability & Transformative Justice Reading List:

INCITE! Community Accountability Fact Sheet

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

This whole zine is amazing!

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 :

Transforming communities: community-based responses to partner abuse

p. 58-64    by Vanessa Huang

*a history and overview of the transformative justice movement


Taking risks: implementing grass-roots community accountability strategies

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


Close to Home : Developing Innovative, Community-based Responses to Anti-LGBT Violence

from the LGBT Program of the American Friends Service Committee

*focus on hate, state, and intimate violence against queer people


What do we do when? Number 2

*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)


Community Accountability within the People of Color Progressive Movement

by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Ad-Hoc Accountability Working Group Meeting

*detailed plan for accountability within an organization or institution


Thoughts about Community Support Around Intimate Violence” zine

(German version : “Transformative Hilfe” zine)

*plan for accountability within a group of friends or a scene


“Towards Transformative Justice : A Liberatory Approach to Child Sexual Abuse and other forms of Intimate and Community Violence”

by GenerationFIVE

*plan for community-wide accountability

*focus on child abuse


“Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence”

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.


More Resources:

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

Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault

Support Zine

Learning Good Consent (German translation here


Consent Education & Prevention

“My Strength” Campaign : redefining masculinity

Learning Good Consent Zine

Beginners guide to responsible sexuality (for men)


Perpetrator Accountability & Transformation


for perpetrators :


for those holding perpetrators accountable :




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.

  1 comment for “Library : read & listen.

  1. 4. May 2012 at 2:21

    This is an awesome list! There are a group of folks working on collaboratively writing a TJ study guide as a Booki — if you want to contribute, especially the bibliography you mention, please do so here:

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