Conflict Resolution

Toolkits for Mutual Aid Groups to have justice


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What is Conflict Resolution?

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

Why Resolve Conflict?

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.

Definitions

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?
📽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-_BOFz5TXo

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.

Models of Conflict Resolution

SEEDS mediation services
🔗 https://www.seedscrc.org/community-mediation

Alternative Justices

Alternative justices Project
🔗 www.alternativejustices.com

Guide to community mediation
🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MZMNJkPeQ9ErcX_oSHhlW8K-SQ2YN1XCcAGAncN1dUY/edit?usp=sharing

Transformation Pod Syllabus
🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xvA-EEHQzVwGRBxs73TR-Tl7mwqwHodYdxGRP0SlLaE/edit#heading=h.kdsv6mbqrqzz

Examples of community policies
🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ANtmGiJCeekY9uqHnXL423D1PZBdeGOTHGJHV0s1d9c/edit

Why call the police?
🔗 https://medium.com/the-alternative-justices-project/say-adios-to-the-police-c69a754f3e23

Creative Interventions
Creative Interventions storytelling project
🔗 www.stopviolenceeveryday.org/community-responds-to-domestic-violence/

What about the Rapists?
🔗https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=7&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwivlLHInKfoAhVlkFwKHSCZCB4QFjAGegQICxAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fdysophia.org.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F09%2FDys5-WhatAboutTheRapistsWeb2.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2a-37tT1dytEJICslzKVGN

Community Accountability

How to be accountable
🔗 https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/zines/3295

Transforming harm - experiments in accountability
📽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0X6MdSDC4w

Restorative Justice Models

Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice
🔗 https://emu.edu/now/restorative-justice/

Philly Stands Up
🔗 https://phillystandsup.wordpress.com/about/

Caring for each other after violence
🔗 https://www.bgdblog.org/2015/09/caring-for-each-other-after-violence/

Transformative Justice Models

Bay area transformative justice collective
🔗 https://batjc.wordpress.com/

Transformative Justice Handbook
🔗 http://www.generationfive.org/resources/transformative-justice-documents

Transformative Justice Handbook in other languages
🔗 http://www.generationfive.org/resources/transformative-justice-documents/

Transform Harm
🔗 https://transformharm.org/transformative-justice/

Intersections of Disability Justice and Transformative Justice
📽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dKystkbHKQ

We are all Survivors, We are all Perpetrators
🔗https://archive.org/download/WeAreAllSurvivorsWeAreAllPerpetratorsWhatToDoWhen/we_are_all_survivors-screen.pdf

Real Life Examples of Accountability Processes

Alternative Justices - Transformation Pod Syllabus
🔗https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xvA-EEHQzVwGRBxs73TR-Tl7mwqwHodYdxGRP0SlLaE/edit#heading=h.kdsv6mbqrqzz

BYP100 in Chicago undertook a public community accountability process
🔗 Transform Harm - A summary statement on community accountability

BATJ case studies
🔗 https://batjc.wordpress.com/case-studies/

Resources and Support for Survivors

Incite!
🔗 https://incite-national.org/

Secret Survivors Toolkit
🔗https://www.pingchong.org/undesirable-elements/production-archive/secret-survivors/toolkit/online-resource-center/

Centering the needs of survivors
📽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeBuP7VCJyM

Communication with Survivors during a pandemic
🔗 https://www.techsafety.org/digital-services-during-public-health-crises

What does Justice look like for Survivors?
📽 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YiN9ANo85c&t=12s

Tools and Resources

BATJ pod mapping worksheets
🔗 https://batjc.wordpress.com/pods-and-pod-mapping-worksheet/

Creative Interventions Toolkit
🔗 http://www.creative-interventions.org/tools/toolkit/
 
📕 Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators
https://www.akpress.org/fumbling-towards-repair.html

Reading List & Syllabus

Beyond Survival Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement
📕 https://www.akpress.org/beyond-survival.html

In an Abusive State: How Neoliberalism Appropriated the Feminist Movement against Sexual Violence”
📕 https://www.dukeupress.edu/In-an-Abusive-State

BATJ reading list
📕 https://batjc.wordpress.com/readings-media/

Color of Violence The INCITE! Anthology 
📕 https://www.dukeupress.edu/color-of-violence

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities (Zine version)
📕 http://criticalresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Revolution-starts-at-home-zine.pdf

It's Down to This Reflections, Stories, Experiences, Critiques, and Ideas on Community and Collective Response to Sexual Violence, Abuse, and Accountability
📕 https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2012/01/26/itsdowntothis.pdf

Theory and Academic Research

Philly Stands Up: Inside the Politics and Poetics of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability in Sexual Assault Situations
🔗 https://www.jstor.org/stable/41478933?seq=1

Moving Beyond Critique: Creative Interventions and Reconstructions of Community Accountability
🔗 https://www.jstor.org/stable/41478931?seq=1

Critiques and lessons learnt

The Broken Teapot
🔗 https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-the-broken-teapot

Accounting for ourselves
🔗https://crimethinc.com/2013/04/17/accounting-for-ourselves-breaking-the-impasse-around-assault-and-abuse-in-anarchist-scenes

Trainings

Becoming a restorative Practitioner
🔗 https://restorativejustice.org.uk/becoming-restorative-practitioner-0

SEEDS mediation certification
🔗 https://www.seedscrc.org/mediation-certification

https://batjc.wordpress.com/transformative-justice-study/
https://restorativejustice.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=251

Facilitation Training
🔗 https://www.seedscrc.org/facilitation-program

Seeds Restorative Justice Training
🔗 https://www.seedscrc.org/rj-training

RJ training from Restorative Solutions
🔗 https://www.restorativesolutions.org.uk/training-development

Free online training - Sharing Space during shelter in place by SEEDS
🔗 https://www.seedscrc.org/sharing-space-during-shelter-in-pla

Jobs & Vacancies

🔗 https://restorativejustice.org.uk/vacancies

Images

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