We are a small UK-based collective with a lot to learn! We wish to honour and centre the legacy of activism, resources and work of queer, trans and non-binary people of colour in the development of alternatives in addressing violence, abuse and harm in their communities without recourse to the state. Without this work what we are doing would be unimaginable. We encourage you to read and engage with this work.
We are particularly keen to hear about and share information about the legacy of work and activism by queer communities of colour in a UK context – if you have any suggestions please let us know. You can use the contact form at the bottom of the page.
If you want to learn about sexual violence and accountability check out the Sexual Violence and Accountability Learning Group on facebook. SVALG is an informal learning and discussion group aimed at survivors and those who support them but those who are new to this work are welcome to use the space to educate themselves. If you are not on facebook you can check out a spreadsheet of recommended things to read, watch and listen to here.
Essential Reading on Community Accountability & Transformative Justice
Taking Risks: Implementing grassroots community accountability. (Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA)) Download
Community Accountability within People of Color Progressive Movements. Report from INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. Seattle February 7 – 8, 2004. Download
Towards Transformative Justice. (generationFIVE 2007) Download
Three pieces of writing on the work, approach, analysis, energy, and passion of Philly’s Pissed and Philly Stands Up. In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement & Movements. Download
Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence. (2012 pre-release version, due to be finalised Fall 2016) Download.
Community Accountability for Survivors of Sexual Violence Toolkit (Jane Hereth & Chez Rumpf 2014 as part of the Shifting from Carceral to Transformative Justice Feminism Conference at DePaul University 8 March 2014) Download
Harm Free Zone Project – General Framework. Download
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence Community Accountability Principles/ Concerns/ Strategies/ Models Working Document (March 5, 2003). Download
INCITE! Organizing for Community Accountability. Download
Safe Party Toolkit. (The Audre Lorde Project, Safe OUTside the System Collective & The Safe Neighbourhood Campaign 2016). Download
The Northwest Network: ‘It Takes A Village, People’ Friends and Family Toolkit. (2013) Download
Quick read articles
Amy Sun (2014) Let’s Talk About Domestic Violence in the Trans* Community. Read online
Courtney Desiree Morris (2010) Why Misogynists Make Great Informants. Make/Shift Spring/Summer 2010 Read online
Em BC (2012) Misogyny and the Left: We need to start practicing what we preach. Blind Carbon Copy Blog. Read online.
Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (2011) The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting intimate violence within activist communities. Brooklyn, NY: South End Press (now reprinted by AK Press)
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence (2006). Color of Violence: The incite! anthology. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. More info here.
Danielle L. McGuire (2011) At the Dark End of the Street: Black women, rape and resistance – a new history of the civil rights movement from Rosa Parks to the rise of Black Power. New York: Vintage Books. More info here.
Jennifer Patterson (2016) Queering Sexual Violence: Radical voices from within the anti-violence movement. Riverdale, NY: Riverdale Avenue Books. More info here.
Joshua M. Price (2012) Structural Violence: Hidden brutality in the lives of women. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. More info here.
Beth E. Richie (2012) Arrested Justice: Black women, violence and America’s prison nation. New York & London: NYU Press. More info here.
The Revolution Starts at Home Download
Accounting for Ourselves: Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes (CrimeThinc 2013) Download
Miklat Miklat: A Transformative Justice Zine (created by Lewis Wallace and Micah Bazant as a companion to the art installation MIKLAT MIKLAT at Dirtstar 2011 and the National Queer Arts Festival) Download.
Betrayal – A critical analysis of rape culture in anarchist subcultures Download
It’s Down to This: Stories, critiques and ideas on community and collective response to sexual violence and accountability Download
Support (Cindy Crabb) Download
The Unstraight A (Jack Fallows) Available to buy here
Talks and Videos
Jennai Bundock. The Hidden Cost of Patriarchy. Resistance Ecology Conference 2014, Portland, OR. Video.
Sarah Lamble. On responding to violence without recourse to ‘carceral logics’, and strategies for systemic change through grassroots action. Justice Matters for Women conference, 2015. Video.
Victoria Law. Resisting Gender Violence without Cops or Prisons. Video.
Longer articles & journals
Sara Koopman (2007) A Liberatory Space? Rumors of Rapes at the 5th World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, 2005. Journal of International Women’s Studies, 8(3): 149-163 Download
Victoria Law (2011) Protection without the Police: North American Community Responses to Violence in the 1970s and Today. Upping the Anti, 12: 91-104 Link to issue
Kristin Peterson (1999) Romancing the Shelter: The State, Activism and Domestic Violence Funding. Minnesota Review, 50-51: 63-73 Academia.edu
Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Alisa Bierria, Mimi Kim (eds.) Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence (special issue) Social Justice 37(4) Read online
Sian Sullivan (2005) ‘Viva Nihilism!’ On militancy and machismo in (anti-)globalisation protest. CSGR, University of Warwick CSGR Working Paper No 158/05 February 2005. Download.
Lara Montesinos Coleman & Serena A. Bassi (2011) Deconstructing Militant Manhood: Masculinities in the Disciplining of (Anti)Globalization Politics. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 13(2): 204–224 Link