On this video, Mimi Kim and Shira Hassan speak concerning the work they had been doing beginning round 2000 with INCITE! Ladies of Coloration Towards Violence and the Younger Ladies’s Empowerment Venture (YWEP) that got here to be outlined as neighborhood accountability and transformative justice. They talk about how organizers had been creating areas, assets, and practices to reply to the wants of their communities dealing with violence, navigating work in criminalized economies, being barred from entry to meals banks, housing, and different fundamental wants with out turning to the state and the non-profit system, which was typically a key supply of violence and exclusion. These organizers and communities developed practices by means of constructing relationships and crafted culturally-appropriate responses to day-to-day wants. Transformative, life affirming, and needed, this work was dismissed and marginalized by the mainstream anti-violence motion.
In recent times, there was a major shift in public curiosity in transformative justice by the funded anti gender-based violence motion. Partially, seeing the devastating penalties of many years of legal guidelines criminalizing interpersonal violence, organizations that had been as soon as calling for extra legal guidelines and elevated state intervention at the moment are becoming a member of requires decriminalization and non-punitive accountability. Shira and Mimi handle what practices of transformative justice appear like, in addition to each the highly effective potentialities of those practices and the threats of cooptation.
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This video is a part of the Constructing Accountable Communities video sequence. The Constructing Accountable Communities Venture promotes non-punitive responses to hurt by creating assets for transformative justice practitioners and organizing convenings and workshops that educate the general public.
Created by Venture Nia and the Barnard Heart for Analysis on Ladies. Video produced by Mariame Kaba, Dean Spade, and Hope Dector.