The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

Ching-In Chen Jai Dulani Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Andrea Lee Smith Morgan Bassichis Connie Burk Timothy Isaac Colman Meiver De la Cruz / Nov 19, 2019

The Revolution Starts at Home Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities Was is your abusive partner a high profile activist Does your abusive girlfriend s best friend staff the domestic violence hotline Have you successfully kicked an abuser out of your group Did your ant

  • Title: The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities
  • Author: Ching-In Chen Jai Dulani Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Andrea Lee Smith Morgan Bassichis Connie Burk Timothy Isaac Colman Meiver De la Cruz
  • ISBN: 9780896087941
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Was is your abusive partner a high profile activist Does your abusive girlfriend s best friend staff the domestic violence hotline Have you successfully kicked an abuser out of your group Did your anti police brutality group fear retaliation if you went to the cops about another organizer s assault Have you found solutions where accountability didn t mean isolation f Was is your abusive partner a high profile activist Does your abusive girlfriend s best friend staff the domestic violence hotline Have you successfully kicked an abuser out of your group Did your anti police brutality group fear retaliation if you went to the cops about another organizer s assault Have you found solutions where accountability didn t mean isolation for either of you Was the healing circle a bunch of bullshit Is the local trans community so small that you don t want you or your partner to lose it We wanted to hear about what worked and what didn t, what survivors and their supporters learned, what they wish folks had done, what they never want to have happen again We wanted to hear about folks experiences confronting abusers, both with cops and courts and with methods outside the criminal justice system The Revolution Starts at Home collectiveLong demanded and urgently needed, The Revolution Starts at Home Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the secret of intimate violence within social justice circles This watershed collection of stories and strategies tackles the multiple forms of violence encountered right where we live, love, and work for social change and delves into the nitty gritty on how we might create safety from abuse without relying on the state Drawing on over a decade of community accountability work, along with its many hard lessons and unanswered questions, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.Ching In Chen is the author of The Heart s Traffic.Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist educator.Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide Andrea Smith is the author of Conquest Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.

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      • Ching-In Chen Jai Dulani Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha Andrea Lee Smith Morgan Bassichis Connie Burk Timothy Isaac Colman Meiver De la Cruz

        Ching In Chen is author of The Heart s Traffic Arktoi Books Red Hen Press and recombinant Kelsey Street Press and co editor of The Revolution Starts at Home Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities South End Press, AK Press and Here is A Pen an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets Achiote Press A Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and have been a participant in Sharon Bridgforth s Theatrical Jazz Institute They have also been awarded fellowships from Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center and Imagining America Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The NOW Awards 3 The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics A senior editor of The Conversant, they have also served on the Woodland Pattern board, Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission and as editor in chief of cream city review They are currently an Assistant Professor in Poetry at Sam Houston State University and Poetry Editor of the Texas Review chinginchen


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    1. A seemingly necessary anthology (EDIT AFTER READING CHRYSALIS COLLECTIVE ESSAY THIS IS NOT NECESSARY AT ALL), I picked this up at Word Up! a pop up bookstore in Washington Heights. I'm going to jot down thoughts on each essay as I read them.1) Reclaiming Queer & Trans Safety - Morgan Bassichis Calls for dismantling of all governmental institutions that have thus far failed to keep us safe(police, prisons), but doesn't offer any realistic alternatives. Let's all confront rapists and abusers i [...]


    2. I think this is essential reading, but with a critical mind. Maybe i don't believe in restorative justice, maybe i think there are too many people in the world. I think intimate violence needs to be addressed more often, but I think that white males SHOULD have the system used against them. Why does it need to be used against racialized people only? In the Chrysalis collective's story, a young activist of colour was sexually assaulted by a white male and they decided to use restorative justice. [...]


    3. In the movement striving to create alternative, restorative forms of justice that respect survivors' needs and wishes while simultaneously respecting and embracing the humanity of aggressors, we are somewhere muddying and confusing. This book lays out what has been tried and what has been theorized, and while it's clear that the visions have yet to pan out perfectly in practice, the experiences laid out here are practical enough that you start to see how the paradigm could work, could really man [...]


    4. Really good. Amazing combinations of survivor stories and personal writing with people who have a lot of experience within collectives, accountability circles, not-for-profits, social justice circles, organisations and queer communities about how they went about dealing with harm, what things worked, how they approached the situation, how it failed, and what their ethos was. The "practical" stuff wasn't separated from the emotional and holistic. I love how this book approaches the complicated wa [...]


    5. This book is a collection of personal memoirs and reflections by a cross section of young activists on the subject of interpersonal sexual violence. Except for in one case, the book's authors employ opaque placeholder language like "community accountability" as a panacea cure-all that will, in the fullness of time, realise the optimum balance of justice and mercy in dealing with those accused of violence. The book has no suggestions or hope for corrective, however, and "community accountability" [...]


    6. five stars lit but I gave it a four for one reason: to confront abusers without support from qualified individuals is problematic. Sure, some abusive activists are capable of seeing the errors of their way but to determine that a meeting with peers will somehow encourage the abuser to stop is absurd. Self awareness and intelligence will not be the end all for abusive activists. come on now.


    7. "While 'reverse isms' are not possible because of the lack of institutional power to subjugate folks in privileged groups, oppression (and the intersections of its various manifestations) does not operate in the linear or binary manner frequently represented in 'power and privilege charts.' This can present challenges to activist groups attempting to apply ideological frameworks when evaluating and responding to abuse in intimate relationships. The personal is political, but the personal is fran [...]


    8. It is one thing to talk about a world without police and quite another to try and figure out how to resolve conflicts in different ways. The essays in this book are not universally excellent, but this is a really good start for anyone thinking about these issues.


    9. i'm really glad i read this book. it offers many powerful, useful ideas AND strategies, which isn't always easy to find.


    10. Make your movement: Support indie publishers and indie bookstores directly, whenever you can! And does your local library have a copy yet? If not, remember your right to request a purchase.


    11. Love it, but I was craving more on what to actually do when people in activist communities use violence against their partners.



    12. I first read The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (ed. Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha), in 2015, not long out of an abusive relationship, and it helped me make sense of what I’d experienced. In it, I found people who had been in situations like mine, caught between oppression from society at large and abuse in their own relationships and communities. I returned to it this year for hope and guidance in dealing with [...]


    13. Informative, eclectic collection of pieces relating to intimate partner violence, especially in activist communities, mostly sexual minority communities. Raises lots of complications such as how same-gender couples violence throws off our usual assumption when decoding conflicting reports that it must be the (usually) larger and more physically powerful man who is the perpetrator and the woman who is the victim/survivor. Also deals with how perpetrators who are themselves members of oppressed gr [...]


    14. This was an important but hard read for me. I have a complicated relationship with community-based solutions violence & harm, deeply believing in their necessity as a prison abolitionist but also having witnessed the many times they haven't worked for me & others. That aside, I think this collection can give activists & organizers a lot to think about, discuss, practice, retweak, try again. I was most moved by "Ending Oppression. Building Solidarity. Creating Community Solutions." an [...]


    15. I took my time with this one. It's heavy and a lot of information to process. It hit home very hard at times.There is a lot of good stuff in this book from strategy to storytelling. The essays on practicing accountability often conflicted with one another a little bit offering multiple ways of looking at abusive behaviors in relationships. And I appreciated the disability essay (though I agree with the intro that there was not enough disability consideration in some of the writings) and the essa [...]


    16. This brought up a lot of feelings, and I don't really know what to say beyond that. In addition to sexual assault, it made me think a lot about mental health and disability and meanings of community and support and the fine line between self-care and selfishness. As I took stock of all that, and of how we all try so hard, and how we fail each other and ourselves all the fucking time, I just got super sad. I didn't finish the book, but I got about two thirds through. My favorite essay of what I r [...]


    17. The Revolution Starts at Home is an essential read for survivors of intimate partner violence and anyone involved in radical politics and activism. This anthology-style zine gives survivors the platform to share what it is like to love someone who hurts you, who is a part of the radical community, whose politics survivors thought would coincide with their behavior, what is it like to be abused by the person who fights alongside you. The Revolution Starts at Home also provides resources on consen [...]


    18. I would recommend this anthology as must-read for progressive activists. The authors address interpersonal violence in activists' lives, particularly from a woman-of-color perspective, addressing the ways in which interpersonal violence harms activists and activist work. These essays also offer practical solutions, idealistic in their vision and realistic when describing challenges. With a focus on transformative justice, this volume gives activists actual strategies to address violence without [...]


    19. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Beautifully written. Compilation of essays and poetry exploring intimate violence, accountability, challenging/healing from abuse and trauma. It's focused on activist communities, but the info is applicable to anyone who is interested in healing from the trauma inflicted upon us daily by living in this rape culture that only allows for in piece meal solutions that are informed by the very systems they are purporting to challenge.So Inspiring. So Empowering.So Enlighten [...]


    20. Not much to say about this one as the content is quite obvious from the title. Will say I was surprised by how much I already knew on the subject but still found it compelling to read. Of course, I learned from many of the essays here as well as reiterated previous knowledge. However, the one thing the book re-emphasized for me was how difficult it is to translate theory into practice when it comes to dealing with any kind of IPV in activist (or any) communities. A great resource for those looki [...]


    21. This is a very important read for anyone who is fighting for safe spaces for survivors of intimate violence. It's also a great introduction to transformative justice and definitely an important resource for survivors without support from a close-to-home community. And while I whole-heartedly suggest buying a copy to support the project, there is a PDF online that can be found with a simple search!


    22. One of the best zines I have read in forever. Readers should be careful to make sure they're in a good and safe space before they begin reading it, however, as it has potential to be very triggering. I especially appreciated Peggy Munsen's piece on IPV and disability as it's a topic that's not discussed enough when it comes to intimacy and violence/abuse (but can we ever discuss any of these issues enough?).Read, read again, always keep this in your head.


    23. This book talks about domestic abuse/violence primarily within activist communities of color (and what to do about it). A friend recommended that I read it, and even though the experiences of the contributors weren't so similar to my own, it was incredibly validating just to read other people describe and use language talking about abuse and behavior of abusers/unhealthy relationships.


    24. Even if your abuser isn't involved in the activist community, there is a great collection of stories from survivors that almost any survivor could relate to. It gives great guidelines on what to do to hold people who hurt others accountable - and unfortunately true examples of the wrong ways to respond when someone accuses someone of interpersonal violence.


    25. Oh man i'm so excited this is finally going to be a book. I have the PDF that you can(could?) download from INCITE but I just can't handle reading a book on a screen. I pretty much love everything that Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarashina has written too.


    26. this is a really good tool for thinking about and reflecting on different community accountability processes within activist communities. i read it in a study group on different community accountability models.





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