Transformative Justice and the Trayvon Martin Case: A Consideration

The fantastic Project Nia in Chicago recently organized a panel that considered radical alternative responses to the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin that do not rely on prisons and policing.  We’ve embedded the audio from the panel above and the description of the panel is below.  Beth Richie, panelist and co-founder of INCITE!, references the 2001 INCITE!/Critical Resistance Statement on Gender Violence and the Prison Industrial Complex as an important tool for imagining and developing organizing strategies to address violence.  For more info about that statement, visit this webpage.

Transformative Justice and the Trayvon Martin Case: A Consideration:

After the not-guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for killing 17-year old Trayvon Martin, some are asking what “justice” would look like for Trayvon. The conversation about whether the criminal legal system is the ‘best’ way to seek accountability for harm has been ongoing for several years. It continues in the wake of this trial. Some outstanding questions include:
1. What would transformative justice look like in this case?
2. How do prison abolitionists respond to the George Zimmerman trial?

Panelists include Erica Meiners, Beth Richie, Traci Schlesinger, and was moderated by Mariame Kaba.  More about the panelists here.

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  1. Justice for Trayvon Martin – San Jose, will be yet again hitting SJSU Campus, bringing the Community to the Campus, and the Campus to the Community. Two Nights in a Row!!!

    The Program:

    Night One – Black Brown Unity Round Table Discussion

    Night Two – Community Skill Share

    During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we will be bringing together a forum of discussion the complexity of Violence & Justice in America, in light of the tragedies of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and most especially Marissa Alexander, in celebration of the overturning of her conviction and in mourning of the October 22nd Day of Action, around lives stolen by Police Brutality and Murder.

    It is our fondest hopes that we can join together in sharing and learning from one another on how best to begin our collective work toward a more just and peaceful society, in which we need not fear for our lives and well being simply because of the color of our skin, gender or poverty.

    What is Domesticating Violence?

    “Domesticating Violence – is a mode of social being and relation (domestication) through violence. It is a totally engulfing process that penetrates all spheres of contemporary society and permeates all spaces of social relation, such as (but not limited to); our thoughts, behaviors, intimacies’, interactions, homes, families, communities, and politics. Thereby remolding these spaces and relations, not just as prone to violence, but violent in form and essence. A form whereby constant, directed, and systematic violence(s) are applied to disempower, regulate, condition, and discipline both populations and individuals into subservience and/or docility. In essence it is a material and political dynamic by which violence exists acceptably as constant “applied force” (or the threat thereof), to sustain a condition of permanent asymmetric power.”

    How does it differ from “Domestic Violence”?

    Domesticating Violence differs from Domestic Violence, in the sense that what is today described as “domestic violence” is but a micro expression of the overall condition of Domesticating Violence that dominates American Society. It is our hope that we will be able to provide new foundations by which deeper discussions of the causal origins of violence as it relates to intimate relationships, racist colonialism, sexual difference, and poverty can result in a collaborative quest for justice, that actually works.

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