I am not proposing that sexual violence and domestic violence will no longer exist. I am proposing that we create a world where so many people are walking around with the skills and knowledge to support someone that there is no longer a need for anonymous hotlines.
I am proposing that we break through the shame of survivors (a result of rape culture) and the victim-blaming ideology of all of us (also a result of rape culture), so that survivors can gain support from the people already in their lives. I am proposing that we create a society where community members care enough to hold an abuser accountable so that a survivor does not have to flee their home. I am proposing that all of the folks that have been disappointed by systems work together to create alternative systems. I am proposing that we organize.
The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Our Communities
It’s one thing when a perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don’t know. It’s quite another when that person is someone we call friend, lover, mentor, trusted ally.
To effectively resist violence out there-in the prison system, on militarized borders, or during other clear encounters with “the system”-we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live.
Let’s talk about it.
From small zine, to big zine, to book, The Revolution Starts at Home is inspiring thought, conversation and action around ways to address intimate violence in communities in ways that honour survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and doesn’t necessarily involved the state.
Join co-editors, Ching-In Chen, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha for a presentation and discussion about potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.
There will be two events:
Speaking Event: Monday, March 19th @ 6:30pm – 9:00pm at the Telus centre on U of A campus
Workshop: Tuesday, March 20th @6:30pm – Please contact Denise at firstname.lastname@example.org for details, and to register!