Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice
Restorative Justice starts with the question “What was the harm done to the community? How can a person who created harm give back?” Transformative Justice asks why the harm was committed, what are the root causes, and what the survivor or community needs for justice.
While both Restorative Justice and Transformative Justice seek to provide safety for the person(s) who experienced harm, Transformative Justice (TJ) is conceived to operate outside of the criminal justice system and actively cultivates the things we know that prevent violence such as healing, accountability, resilience, and safety for all involved. Restorative Justice of [...]
“Because we live in a world shaped by legacies of brutal colonization, enslavement, and heteropatriarchy, we must assume that these power structures are always present in us and our relationships. Whether or not we have formal power, we can enact subtle and gross forms of anti-Blackness, white supremacy, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, and other structural oppressions. When we avoid conflict or move through it carelessly, we end up acting out and reinforcing micro versions of oppressive structural patterns unconsciously, even if we are from an identity harmed by those systems. This can end relationships, sidetrack organizations, and undermine social movements.”
~ Jovida Ross and Weyam Ghadbian, Turning Toward Each Other: A Conflict Workbook
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