Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement

Category: Book
Edited By: Dixon, Ejeris
Edited By: Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah
Subject:  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Social Theory
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: AK Press
Published: January 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 8.00in x 5.25in x 0.75in
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Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at the grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. Community-based approaches to preventing crime and repairing its damage have existed for centuries. However, in the punative atmosphere of contemporary criminal justice systems, they are often marginalized and operate under the radar. Beyond Survival puts these strategies front and center as real alternatives to today's failed models of confinement and "correction."

In this collection, a diverse group of authors focuses on concrete and practical forms of redress and accountability, assessing existing practices and marking paths forward. They use a variety of forms-from toolkits to personal essays-to delve deeply into the "how to" of transformative justice, providing alternatives to calling the police, ways to support people having mental health crises, stories of community-based murder investigations, and much more. At the same time, they document the history of this radical movement, creating space for long-time organizers to reflect on victories, struggles, mistakes, and transformations.

Biographical NoteLeah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the Lambda Award winning author of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities . A lead artist with the disability justice collective Sins Invalid, she is a longtime cultural worker, educator and organizer within disability and transformative justice communities. Ejeris Dixon is an organizer, consultant, and political strategist with twenty years of experience organizing within racial justice, LGBTQ, transformative justice, anti-violence, and economic justice movements. She is the Founding Director of Vision Change Win Consulting where she partners with organizations to build their capacity and deepen the impact of their organizing strategies. Her essay, Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation," is featuredin the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States ."