A Roadmap Away From ‘Cancel Culture’ and Towards Transformative Justice

With all of the exploitation and abuse in the world, it’s tempting to become numb or cynical. But adrienne maree brown, a thinker and transformative justice practitioner, is charting a different way forward with love as her guiding principle. Her best-selling 2019 book of essays and interviews, Pleasure Activism, argues that joy is an essential part of any […]

On Cancel Culture, Accountability, and Transformative Justice

adrienne maree brown Considers a New Method of Care and Community-Building I’ve been thinking a lot about transformative justice lately. In the past few months I’ve been to a couple of gatherings I was really excited about, and then found myself disappointed, not because drama kicked up, which is inevitable, but because of how we, […]

Transformative Justice Behind the Wall

There are perhaps millions of folks currently incarcerated carrying the pain of some form of violence, either as a survivor of violence or as an harm doer, or both. In addition to this pain, they’re also suffering from other traumas associated with childhoods or with living inside of these cages. All of this without a […]

How Transformative Justice Responds To Violence Without the Carceral System

In the wake of the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, protesters have taken to the streets against the violence of policing and to make demands, including defunding policing. That demand is gaining traction as organizers have ignited a new wave of interest in the abolition of prisons and policing—a concept […]

Community Organizers Address Sexual Violence Without the Criminal Justice System

When college student L. saw photos of her feet in a boy’s Snapchat, she felt scared. She had never consented to those photos being taken, let alone shared on a Snapchat account, where the boy was constructing a romantic narrative for both of them without her knowledge or permission. L.’s friends were furious on her […]

We Want a World Without Police. These Organizers Are Charting the Way.

Photography: Love & Struggle What does working toward a world without prisons look like? How would we address harm without calling police or relying on imprisonment? Those are the questions that longtime anti-violence organizers Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha are exploring in their new anthology, Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, […]

Transformative Justice: A Brief Description

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This was written for a transformative justice (TJ) intervention I led and I’m sharing it here for others to use in their work. It was meant to be a brief description for those who are not as familiar with the framework and orientation of TJ and do not have the time or capacity to read […]

What is/isn’t transformative justice?

I’ve been thinking a lot about transformative justice lately. In the past few months I’ve been to a couple of gatherings I was really excited about, and then found myself disappointed, not because drama kicked up, which is inevitable, but because of how we as participants and organizers and people handled those dramas. Simultaneously I’ve […]