Friday, 3 June 2011

Toronto Learning-To-Action Community Accountability/Transformative Justice Reading Group READING LIST

This is the reading list for the 10 week Toronto CA Learning To Action Group we held in fall/winter of 2010/2011. It was designed to include a maximum of about 10-12 pages of reading per week and video/non-text resources where possible. We also had a  training in Active Listening for one session so there are no readings for that session.

The ideas of CA/TJ come largely from women of colour and Indigenous women. We believe we are responsible for being accountable to those we have learned from. Some of our ideas on how to do this follow the reading list.

Like any project, there were oversights and changes we’d now make. If you have suggestions or ideas, please be in touch at Thanks to Jordan and Lisa for compiling this list.
-Arti and Chanelle

WEEK 1 :  Introductions, group agreements, relationship building etc

  1. Patricia Monture-OKanee: Thinking About Aboriginal Justice: Myths and Revolution
(thanks to Krysta from the Native Youth Sexual Health Network for sharing this resource with us)

  1. Andrea Smith: To Stop Gender Violence, Start Changing the Tune
  1. Gen5:  Principles of Transformative Justice (26-32 “Principles of Transformative Justice”)
  1. Andrea Smith: Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy
    1. (supplemental reading)
  1. Andrea Smith: At the CMC Media and Democracy Lecture Series talking about Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Minute 31 to 49. (Film)

  1. The Revolution Starts at Home zine:
    1. "Taking Risks: Implementing grassroots community accountability
      strategies"(Page 64-79) by CARA
    2. "INCITE! Community Accountability Fact Sheet" (Page 83)
  1. INCITE!: Community Accountability Principles/Concerns/Strategies/Models (Working Document)

  1. Young Women's Empowerment Project (YWEP): Girls do what they have to do to survive: A study of resilience and resistance
    1. Guiding Principles (9-12)
    2. Research Findings (28-36)
    3. Vocabulary (48-50)
  1. StoryTelling & Organizing Project (STOP)
    1. Storytelling As Organizing:
    2. Community Response to Racist Violence:
    3. He Korero Iti, A Small Story:
    4. Rachael’s Story:
    5. Friends Take a Car Out of Action:

  1. Boarding School Healing Project: A Critical Appraisal of Reparations
    1. pages 9-17
    2. What are Reparations? International Legal Standards
    3. The Limitations and Unintended Consequences of Reparations
    4. Deciding on Strategic Avenues to Reparations

  1. Philly’s Pissed: What to Do When Someone Tells You You’ve Assaulted Them: A Pamphlet
  2. Give Me Back: Interview with Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up

  1. Born in Flames (Film)

WEEK 9 : Active listening training

    1. From the Revolution Starts at Home: pages 80-82        home.pdf
  1. F.A.R. OUT (Northwest Network)
    1. Please email for the PDF.
  1. Community United Against Violence
    1. pages 4-8

Additional readings

These are readings we’d now add to our list, either because they are new--or in at least one case--because we realized our oversight afterward. This list is not comprehensive, and will continue to grow as we find new resources.

- The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activst Communities eds Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Saramarsinha (SUPER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! It’s different from the zine)
-Action Against Sexual Assault resources
-Finding Ways Not To Call Police
-Resources for ‘perpetrators’ and survivors
- How to Fuck Up
- Disability Justice & community building
The Other Side of Dreaming
-Safety: An Abolitionist Vision

Group brainstorm on ways to be accountable to the knowledge we have gained through studying Transformative Justice and Community Accountability! February 2011

*consider whether you should be the one doing this work, or if you should funnel your energy into supporting people more directly affected by all forms of violence and/or suitable

*start by supporting work already being done (for example, within Indigenous communities), don't just “do your own thing”

*think of who needs to be consulted, from the very beginning. don't exclude them

*centre the people most affected by violence

*draw from your own experience and history. don't appropriate.

*depending on who you are and your relationship to colonization, ask the question: How do you contribute to/participate in the ongoing colonization of the land you are working on?

*critique with credit, respect and recognition for the work people started

*credit, give it!

*honour spirit and intent, don't sloppily re-interpret

*building an intentional anti-oppressive framework

*ask for help! recognize when you need it, but also recognize the politics of who you ask. ask other trusted allies or pay/trade for education

*money! can you support the organizations we learned from or local ones with any money you receive?

*keep questions around charity and racism in the forefront when making decisions around money

*consider advisory committees of people most affected

*work in teams

*develop your self-accountability skills (we need to be accountable, not perfect!)

*generously talk with people you think are causing harm

*initiating conversations around accountability makes other folks feel like they can too.

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