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About batjc

The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collaborative (BATJC) is a community collective of individuals working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. We are based in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. We envision a world where communities can intervene in incidences of child sexual abuse in ways that not only meet immediate needs, but also prevent future violence and harm, by actively cultivate healing, accountability and resiliency for all — survivors, bystanders, and those who have abused others. We hope we can serve as a resource for individuals and groups interested in transformative justice and child sexual abuse work. Contact us here with questions or offers to collaborate.

Radio Program on Love, Transformative Justice, and Child Sexual Abuse

BATJC member Mia Mingus was interviewed by radio program In Plain Sight about love, transformative justice, and the work of the BATJC responding to child sexual abuse. In Plain Sight is a podcast that features stories of everyday activism from Asian and Asian American women.

Download or stream the podcast on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/in-plain-sight-1/episode-2-the-work-of-love

Transcript of interview after the jump…

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Six Ways to Confront Your Friend Who’s Abusing Their Partner

This is a great article written by some folks over at Everyday Feminism.  We thought we would share this because there are so few useful resources for this aspect of interventions — working with the person who has done abuse.  Read on:

(Content warning: Intimate partner violence, physical assault)

I, too, have heard endless rumors that he’s been a bad date, and have heard stories of shadiness and strange behavior. […] I have heard about his ridiculous pick-up lines and have (to my shame) tittered about them with my friends […]  Jian Ghomeshi is my friend, and Jian Ghomeshi beats women. How our friendship will continue remains to be seen.” —Musician Owen Pallett on Canadian broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi’s alleged assault of several women

In my second year of university, I learned what I had suspected for a while but refused to investigate: One of my close friends had been regularly beating up his boyfriend.

He knew that this was wrong, but he didn’t know how to stop – his boyfriend “was making him do it,” he said, by constantly flirting with other people and “acting slutty” in public. My friend’s defensive attitude overlay a deep insecurity: Thanks to long conversations and many nights spent texting, I knew that he often worried about being sexy or lovable enough for his partner.

And as much as I knew that I had to confront him, I also didn’t want to see him get in trouble or hurt. Not to mention the fact that I was completely in over my head and had absolutely zero idea what to do.

In marginalized communities, there are vast risks associated with “calling out” or naming abuse between ourselves. The reality is that there are already far too many racialized and queer and trans people imprisoned for life or killed by cops for (often unproven) allegations of crimes far smaller than abuse and assault. And men of color, in particular, are already stigmatized and stereotyped as being “savage,” brutal, and violent. 

The external violence of an oppressive society makes any attempt to stand up to abuse inside our communities feel not only difficult and dangerous, but also treacherous – as though we are betraying our own. How many times have I heard that calling the police on their boyfriends is something that only rich, white cis women do?

Clearly, we have to find ways to tackle abuse on our own terms –in ways that combine both love and justice. 

The following eleven steps form a strategy (which I encourage folks to adapt to their specific needs) for confronting a close friend who is abusing their romantic or sexual partner.I use it in both my personal life, and as a social worker with my clients. It’s divided into two halves: first, reacting to finding out that your friend is abusive; and second, what to do about it.

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BATJC Community Report Out, August 23rd in Oakland

Join the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC)* for a
Community Report-Out on Sunday, August 23 from 12pm-2pm

Come hear what we’ve been up to and connect with folks

  • Learn about the BATJC
  • Projects we’ve been working on
  • What’s ahead for 2016

We actively support the participation of people with children in this work. Because content may not be appropriate for children, we will happily provide free childcare upon request on site, in a separate room. Please give us at least a week’s notice if you need childcare.

We will have food for lunch; please email us if you’d like to contribute in any way.

This is a free public event, but please RSVP to batjcinfo@gmail.com so we can plan accordingly.

Where: Qulture Collective
1714 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA 94607
http://www.qulturecollective.com

This space is wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms) and is located two blocks from 19th St. BART in downtown Oakland, free street parking available.

For all questions, please email batjcinfo@gmail.com.

*The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective works to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse in the Bay Area. To learn more about the BATJC, visit our website: batjc.wordpress.com.

BATJC at Incite! Color of Violence 4 Conference

Hey everybody, we apologize for not being on top of the blog game, but just in case you want to know some of what we’ve been up to, the BATJC presented last month at the conference organized by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, called Color of Violence 4 (COV4) Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities.  Here’s the workshop we presented:

Building for the Long Haul: Strategy, Structure and Work

Transformative justice and community accountability (TJ/CA) offer compelling visions and possibilities for liberatory responses to violence in our communities and help us to better envision the world we want to build, but how do we build it? What does TJ/CA organizing actually look like not in theory, but in practice; and not just when we are directly responding to violence, but before then? How do we actively do the slow, long-term, day-in and day-out work to prepare? What could a TJ/CA long-term organizing strategy look like, outside of campaigns and non-profits? And how do we build the kind of liberatory (infra)structures, processes and tools we will need to be sustainable? How could we build work that actively reflects and cultivates our values?

The Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective is a local community collective working to build and support TJ/CA responses to child sexual abuse in the Bay Area. For the past four years we have been developing strategies, tools, values, structures and work that can build a strong foundation for generations to come. We continue to engage in the daily work of building the kinds of relationships and structures that could actually support community responses to violence. This workshop will give participants a chance to hear about a local TJ/CA collective and how it has developed its work, strategy, values, tools and structures. By sharing our work and tools, we hope to spark ideas in participants for their own communities and how they can build foundations for their passionate TJ/CA work. There is no one-way to do TJ/CA work and we offer our work with humility and a commitment to interdependence.  Participants will develop a deeper thinking about how to support the work of community-based responses to violence. Specifically, the kinds of tools, strategies, (infra)structure and values that can help us prepare for and prevent violence. We meet so many people who are analysis-wise “on-board” with TJ/CA, but then who don’t know exactly how to start or how to conceive of the work outside of direct interventions to violence. We hope to offer some concrete examples of what that work has looked like for us and why.

**This workshop is ideally for folks who have a basic-good grasp of knowledge about community-responses to violence, even if they haven’t had any experience in it.  Of course, we would welcome everyone who wants to attend. 

Join the BATJC for a community event on August 9th!

Want to know more about the BATJC and meet other great folks committed to transformative justice?
Join the BATJC on August 9th from 12pm-2pm in Oakland for our next BUILD!*  
 
Connect with good folks over good food and get inspired by local transformative justice work. This is a great chance to learn more about the BATJC’s work to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse in the Bay Area and find out how you can get involved. Come hangout with us, meet new folks or simply get to know them better, and hear about what we’ve been up to.
We will also be passing the hat to help cover venue costs for our 6 month TJ Study. Any funds (big or small) that you have to give will greatly help us out. And if you’d like to give online, you can donate here, as well as view our wish list for in-kind donations that are always helpful.
*Please RSVP here for the location address and so we know how many people to feed.  BATJC members will be providing food for lunch and of course, you’d like to hep out with food, just let us know.
Contact us with any questions.  Feel free to bring friends and family with you.
PS: If you would like to receive emails about upcoming BATJC events, you can sign-up by emailing us here.

An Interview with Mia Mingus, Oakland Champion of Change, on transformative justice

An Interview with Mia Mingus, Oakland Champion of Change, on transformative justice

Published May 27th, 2013

Oakland activist Mia Mingus is named a Champion of Change by the White House. Oakland Local interviews Mia Mingus about disability rights, ending child sexual abuse, and transformative justice.

Mia Mingus describes herself as a queer physically disabled woman of color transracial/transnational adoptee — an identity that only begins to explain the personal background that informs Mingus’ cross-sectional social change work.

Mingus was adopted from Korea at the age of six months and grew up on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she was raised by a “strong feminist community” that taught her the foundations of the critical analysis she would carry into her life’s work. She then lived in Atlanta for 13 years, serving as co-Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, among many other movement-building roles. She moved to the Bay Area two and a half years ago to live out a dream: to create a household with another queer disabled woman of color activist, thereby putting disability justice into practice, building interdependent and loving community, and both expanding and learning the limits of what disability advocacy might look like.

Now, at 32, Mingus is an Oakland-based, nationally-recognized organizer and writer who has traveled the country speaking about myriad frameworks for dismantling oppression, from racial justice to reproductive justice to queer liberation. Her current work centers around disability justice and child sexual abuse, which she addresses as a member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC).

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