I read a lot about these topics, and spend a lot of time working around them. I still feel like i don’t have a clue where to start or what to think or how to do stuff. So here is a list of interesting reads for you, so you can be confused with me 🙂 Under construction !
So-called accountability processes are tearing my community apart. What can I do? – Aug 20, 2019
the paragraph that made me go « YESSS! » in this article is about how healing for the survivor, and accountability for the perpetrator, are different processes. We had come to this conclusion ourselves, but it feels good to have it stated and elaborated upon, somewhere else. Here is the extract :
» In an episode of Autumn Brown and adrienne maree brown’s podcast, How to Survive the End of the World, transformative justice facilitator and activist Mariame Kaba also reminds us that healing and justice are separate processes. Frequently, it is not possible for a perpetrator of harm to “repair” the hurt they have done the survivor, because some harm is permanent. All the punishments and consequences in the world cannot change that — and, indeed, many survivors may not want to be involved at all in an accountability process.
When we remember this, we are less likely to fall into the trap of pursuing an endless accountability process that aims to make survivors feel better, because justice doesn’t tend to make anyone feel better. At best, justice provides us with a clearer understanding of how harm happens and how to prevent it in the future. Knowing this, we can turn our resources and energy towards providing survivors of harm with interpersonal, financial, medical and other resources they need for healing. »
Also I love when people state visions (I tend to point what is wrong, and offer practical solutions. but I rarely dare say what I *want* for the future. Let’s be inspired)
« I want to fight for a vision of justice that is transformative, that is healing and that ardently refuses the temptation of answering violence with more violence. I want to believe that we can get there. I hope that we do. »