Next group: Queer abolitionist approaches to harm

Saturday 23 February 2019 – Queer abolitionist approaches to harm
14:00-16:00, Co-working 2nd floor space (accessible via the lift) Union Street (18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP)

At our last meetup we started out by reading ‘Transformative Justice: A brief description‘ written recently by Mia Mingus. We used this as a basis for some facilitated work on our group process. This resulted in some initial ideas about how we want our group to work. You can find out more about this at ‘Our Approach‘. To follow through our desire to share resources with each other we now have a ‘Resources‘ page on our blog. This will enable people who cannot come to the group to check out what we have been reading, listening and watching as well as provide links to resource hubs and reading lists. We hope that these resources will be useful in creating responses to harm in other communities.

At our next meetup we will be talking about queer abolitionist approaches to harm. Can prisons and the police make all queer people safe from harm? Given this system continues to perpetuate harm against queer people, including raids, harassment, violence and criminalisation, that disproportionately impacts the most marginalised such as queer communities of colour. With the introduction of hate crime legislation to protect LGBT groups from violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity what are the debates around the use of the law, police and prisons to address harm? How else could these harms be better addressed?

Everyone is welcome to join our conversation and you can find links to our readings below:

Ryan Conrad (ed.) (2012) Against Equality: Prisons will not protect you. Introduction by Dean Spade

Against Equality – has a range of different articles on queer abolitionism – feel free to read what looks interesting to you

Next group: Black women’s anti-rape activisms

Saturday 19 January – 14:00-16:00, at Space One (First Floor) Union Street (18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP)

Please note that this date has changed from the 26th January.

At our last meet-up a few of us came together to discuss transformative justice and community accountability. We spent some time talking about what resonated with us from the readings and watched a video on ‘What is accountability’ from the brilliant Building Accountable Communities video series (highly recommended). It brought up an interesting discussion and reflections about situations from the past and present in Sheffield and elsewhere.

We are having a break over December and returning in January.

In our next session we will be exploring the legacy of Black women’s anti-rape activism.

The main reading focuses on the case of Recy Taylor, who became more well-known when she was mentioned by Oprah Winfrey in her Golden Globes speech in January 2018. Recy Taylor’s story has also been made into a film.

There is also an additional reading for white people on white supremacy culture and how it can show up in everyday situations including activist organising.

Everyone is welcome to join our conversation and you can find links to our readings below:

  • Danielle L. McGuire (2010) 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
    You are encouraged to read the whole book however if this is not possible for you the Prologue & Chapter 1 should give you a flavour.

For white people

  • Okun, Tema & Kenneth Jones (2001) White Supremacy Culture. Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups. Changework.

Next group: What is transformative justice

Saturday 24 November 2018 – 14:00 – 16:00, downstairs at Union Street (18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP)

At our first meet-up a few of us came together with questions about what transformative justice and community accountability processes are. How are they different to ‘mainstream’ approaches to justice like restorative justice or criminal justice approaches?

In our next session we will be exploring the key principles of transformative justice and community accountability drawing on the work of CARA, Creative Interventions, GenerationFIVE and INCITE! Everyone is welcome to join our conversation and you can find links to our readings and videos below:

First Meetup

Saturday 27 October 2018, 2pm-4pm, downstairs at Union Street (18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP)

Introductions and trust building – in this meetup we will introduce ourselves and talk about what we want the group to be, what we want to learn about and what we need to be in place to create a space where we can be open, honest and feel supported by each other. The direction of group will then be guided by the collective.

Feel free to contact us to let us know you are coming and/or if you need something in place to help you come along and take part in the group.

Full accessibility information coming soon.