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.
Advocacy is assisting a one side or one party in the process of resolving a conflict.
Mediation is 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,
Restorative Justice: 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.
Transformative Justice: 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.
What is transformative justice?
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.
SEEDS mediation services
Alternative justices Project
Guide to community mediation
Transformation Pod Syllabus
Examples of community policies
Why call the police?
Creative Interventions storytelling project
What about the Rapists?
How to be accountable
Transforming harm - experiments in accountability
Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice
Philly Stands Up
Caring for each other after violence
Bay area transformative justice collective
Transformative Justice Handbook
Transformative Justice Handbook in other languages
Intersections of Disability Justice and Transformative Justice
We are all Survivors, We are all Perpetrators
Alternative Justices - Transformation Pod Syllabus
BYP100 in Chicago undertook a public community accountability process
🔗 Transform Harm - A summary statement on community accountability
BATJ case studies
Secret Survivors Toolkit
Centering the needs of survivors
Communication with Survivors during a pandemic
What does Justice look like for Survivors?
BATJ pod mapping worksheets
Creative Interventions Toolkit
📕 Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators
Beyond Survival Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement
In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement against Sexual Violence”
BATJ reading list
Color of Violence The INCITE! Anthology
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities (Zine version)
It's Down to This Reflections, Stories, Experiences, Critiques, and Ideas on Community and Collective Response to Sexual Violence, Abuse, and Accountability
Philly Stands Up: Inside the Politics and Poetics of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability in Sexual Assault Situations
Moving Beyond Critique: Creative Interventions and Reconstructions of Community Accountability
The Broken Teapot
Accounting for ourselves
Becoming a restorative Practitioner
SEEDS mediation certification
Seeds Restorative Justice Training
RJ training from Restorative Solutions
Free online training - Sharing Space during shelter in place by SEEDS
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