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Listening and Liberation

Updated: Mar 31




As I've been reflecting on my dreams and goals for this year, I've been returning to the visionary voices and ideas which give me a sense of strength, solidarity, hope and tangible strategies for creating a just and loving world. There are too many voices to count, voices which deeply shape what I believe is possible for me, for us and for all of our kin, human and other than human.


There's a time to talk and a time to listen. This week, rather than sharing my own thoughts, I offer you the wisdom and creativity of the voices I am listening to at this time. These are conversations about disability justice, transformative justice, mutual aid and other strategies for community building and building friendship with ourselves and our beloveds.


Content Note: All of these videos touch on difficult subjects like police violence, ableism, sexual violence and other forms of harm. There are content warnings in these videos, and many of them have captions and ASL.


We Keep Each Other Safe: Mutual Aid for Survival and Solidarity

Dean Spade is joined by anti-violence organizers Mariame Kaba and Ejeris Dixon to discuss mutual aid as an abolitionist project. Why is mutual aid key to practicing abolition? How does mutual aid relate to transformative justice and other anti-violence frameworks and practices? How can mutual aid help us to reimagine responding to harm and violence without relying on police?


Building Accountable Communities

A conversation about transformative justice in theory and practice, featuring TJ pioneer Mariame Kaba.


Addressing Harm

Panel discussion featuring adrienne maree brown, Shira Hassan, Mimi Kim, Priya Rai, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha, and Amita Swadhin.


Mutual Aid Justice: Beyond Survival

In this episode, Laura talks with the editors of the just-released book, Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement. Transformative justice applies the principles of mutual aid to justice.


Moving at the Speed of Trust: Disability Justice and Transformative Justice

In response to heightened levels of abuse and violence experienced by people with disabilities, disability justice organizers have developed tremendous knowledge and creative approaches to care, safety, and preventing and stopping violence without relying on the state. How do disability justice strategies and knowledge inform transformative justice practices? How are disability justice and transformative justice interconnected?


Lydia Brown - Disability Justice Intersection with Racial Justice, and Queer/Trans Liberation

Lydia X. Z. Brown (Autistic Hoya) is a gender/queer and transracially/transnationally adopted east asian autistic activist, writer, and speaker whose work has largely focused on violence against multiply-marginalized disabled people, especially institutionalization, incarceration, and policing.

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