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Conflict Resolution in mutual aid communities is key to maintaining the commons
“Self-care can’t cure social diseases. What is next? - Social diseases work their way into, and between us. We must contend with the urge to take-care-of-ourselves, and to immunize against one another’s bodies. To isolate us is the tactic of our enemy. The power of the state, the omnipresence of it, diminishes every time we look in the eyes of a friend, of a stranger, and listen to what they need. As we listen, we slip out of the regimes of extractive time and impatience. Fuck the fake heartbeat of clocks. Every time we educate ourselves and opt for the teacher and classroom that does not require pay, we strengthen horizontally, and we heal by putting no one under. Healing is honoring that resistance is a slow process, and declaring that we desire to see the increased strength, vitality, and well-being of our friends, neighbors, comrades, and full social ecologies more than we desire to see the state at all. There is no one person that deserves the cold shoulder as much as the state’s austere violences. In this condition, it shrinks, it desiccates. We share informal, illegal, and decentralized forms of care like they are the very waters which support a life in common (because they are)“
-Power Makes Us Sick
Sexual assault, violence and abuse continue to plague mutual aid communities and spaces. In response, we’ve developed processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. New times, call for new measures.
As society adjusts to the new normal, where courts are cancelled and crime takes on new faces, we provide, build and iterate on superior, diverse alternatives for dealing with such events. These are alternative justices for a new order.
Assisting a one side or one party in the process of resolving a conflict.
A dynamic, structured, interactive process where a neutral third party assists in resolving disputes between two or more parties.The third party is hopefully there as a neutral party. Mediators do not decide who is right or wrong, but are there to help the parties communicate and reach an agreement that suits all involved. Mediation aims to provide a supportive space where people can talk through their conflict in a productive manner. The mediator is not an advice-giver or decision-maker. Informal, confidential, and flexible. Focuses on interests not positions,
A theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by harmful behaviour. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that include all stakeholders. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.
A similar concept to RJ, but put emphasis on transforming the situations and behaviours that led to a harm, as opposed to restoring the situation to its former place.
Facilitation: Involves a neutral third party to help two or more groups accomplish their goals through guidance, leadership and expertise.
“Arbitration” is an alternative to litigation in which an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators listen to the positions of the disputing parties in a relatively informal proceeding and then issue a decision on how the situation should be resolved.
Envisions a future in which all individuals, organizations and communities recognize
conflict as an opportunity for positive growth – and have the skills and capacity to engage in effective dialogue and promote peaceful resolution of interpersonal and intergroup challenges and conflicts.
The Alternative Justices Project is a decentralized collective that seeks to address harms in our communities by expanding consent cultures, abolishing prisons, experimenting with alternative systems, and freely sharing learned lessons.
This is a summary by the Alternative Justices Project of the lessons learnt and approach to stewarding tough conversations in community.
This is a summary by the Alternative Justices Project on self-forgiveness, moving away from shame and guilt.
These are some example, put together by the Alternative Justices Project, of structures and processes set up to deal with sexual assault and violence in our communities.
This is a medium article featuring questions you can ask yourself before calling the police in order to avoid endangering members of your communities who are vulnerable to police harassment and violence.
This is a collection of audio clips and transcripts from the StoryTelling & Organizing Project. The storyteller describes activating community networks to build her safety and agency when her police officer partner acts violently.
This zine looks at contemporary anarchist theory and practice on crime and justice. The zine covers Transformative Justice-based accountability processes. The second part covers retributive approaches, such as survivor-led direct action against rapists.
This Zine is a guide to developing accountability to manage relationships - it is designed to improve your relationships, get better at boundaries, and end toxic cycles.
This video presents key concepts when addressing conflict, harm and abuse in a relationship. It includes theory on restorative justice.
This is a blog put together by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice which presents personal accounts regarding restorative justice.
Philly Stands Up is an organization based in Philadelphia that works with people who have assaulted others to hold them accountable to the survivor(s) and restore their relationships within their communities.
An article about methods to create trauma-informed communities in schools, organizations and activist Groups.
The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC) is a community collective of individuals, based out of Oakland, CA that is working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse.
A handbook, available in English, Spanish and Catalan, that puts together information and strategy centred on child sexual abuse to family members, teachers, community leaders, health and mental health practitioners.
A page dedicated to using Transformative Justice to work toward mitigating harm toward certain social groups. It contains theoretically definitions, articles, multimedia and educational resources.
In this video disability justice and transformative justice organizers, Leah Lakshmi, Piepzna Samarsinha and Elliott Fukui, explore some of the intersections of Disability Justice and Transformative Justice.
This guide offers suggestions for what to do for someone that assaulted/hurt/violated someone or crossed their boundaries.
This is a resource which puts together personal accounts from abuse survivors, their support workers and BYP100's summary regarding community accountability.
These are some of the case studies used in the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective online collection for transformative justice.TICE COLLECTIVE
TJ Studies and TJ Labs.
INCITE! is a network of radical feminists of color organizing to end state violence and violence in our homes and communities.
This online resource guide provides information, links, definitions and other useful material to expand and support the Secret Survivors Toolkit and efforts to end child sexual abuse. It includes a section on 'creative actions that inspire us'.
This video highlights the importance of survivor-centredness, and presents key conceptual materials on transformative justice and community accountability.
This article highlights the role of technology to connect with survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assualt and violence against women during the Coronavirus pandemic.
This video featuring Mimi Kim, Ann Russo, RJ Maccani, and Rachel Herzing, presents the question of what justice looks like when survivors of harm are given the time and space to imagine it.
The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective has put together a worksheet to help people access key support in the form of a pod - which is made up of the people that someone would call on if violence, harm or abuse. It includes a resource to help individuals create and map their own pods.
This is toolkit that presents a practical guide to stop interpersonal violence - it includes goal setting, working together and taking accountability.
Fumbling Toward Repair is a workbook that includes reflection questions, skill assessments, helpful definitions, activities, and hard-learned lessons to support people to address interpersonal harm & violence.
This is a collation of stories and strategies from the Transformative Justice movement. It focuses on concrete and practical forms of redress and accountability, assessing existing practices and marking paths forward.
The book: In an Abusive State puts forth a powerful argument: that the feminist campaign to stop sexual violence has entered into a problematic alliance with the neoliberal state.
This is a collection of resource from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, which includes resources in the format of readings, audio,video, arts and other media.
This volume's thirty pieces—which include poems, short essays, position papers, letters, and personal reflections—cover violence against women of color in a variety of forms.
📕 http://criticalresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014This is a literature piece that features strategies to conflict resolution skills for abusers, and for communities to hold abusers accountable.
This is a zine created to deal with sexual violence and abuse, and contains personal experiences and stories, with the aim to encourage accountability and collective responses.
This is an academic paper that documents the work of a social justice organisation based in Philadelphia, which details the politics of anti-violence movements, transformative justice and community accountability.
This is an academic paper that provides a break down of social justice interventions and provides different ways to promote community accountability.
This is a document from the University of Washington on models of conflict resolution, presented through examples.
This is a metaphorical essay which uses the analogy of a broken teapot to illustrate conflictual stress. The essay clarifies the ideology behind conflict resolution matters.
This essay examines the context in which community accountability models emerge and analyzes the pitfalls encountered when trying to apply them.
This page put together by the Restorative Justice Council highlights the practical steps that someone can take to become a Restorative Practitioner.
These are online training options put together by SEEDS organisation presented on this page are designed for individuals looking to learn techniques on how to communicate effectively and be better prepared to deal with conflicts that arise at home or at work.
The TJ Study is an extended introduction to transformative justice and community accountability, hosted by the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. It is an opportunity to grow and deepen understanding of both practices.
This is a training course that provides participants with an understanding of and an opportunity to practice restorative interventions in both informal and formal settings.
This is a job postings page for people looking to work in roles that promote and practice Restorative Justice.
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