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Publisher Comments:

"Was/is your abusive partner a high-profile activist? Does your abusive girlfriends best friend staff the domestic violence hotline? Have you successfully kicked an abuser out of your group? Did your anti-police brutality group fear retaliation if you went to the cops about another organizers assault? Have you found solutions where accountability didnt mean isolation for either of you? Was the 'healing circle' a bunch of bullshit? Is the local trans community so small that you dont want you or your partner to lose it?

"We wanted to hear about what worked and what didnt, what survivors and their supporters learned, what they wish folks had done, what they never want to have happen again. We wanted to hear about folks experiences confronting abusers, both with cops and courts and with methods outside the criminal justice system."

—The Revolution Starts at Home collective

Long demanded and urgently needed, The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “secret” of intimate violence within social justice circles. This watershed collection of stories and strategies tackles the multiple forms of violence encountered right where we live, love, and work for social change—and delves into the nitty-gritty on how we might create safety from abuse without relying on the state. Drawing on over a decade of community accountability work, along with its many hard lessons and unanswered questions, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic.

Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist/educator.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide.

Andrea Smith is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.

Synopsis:

Breaking a dangerous silence, this highly anticipated collection “needs to be read by all activists” (Feminist Review).

Synopsis:

The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there--in the prison system, on militarized borders, or other clear encounters with the system--we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It's one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don't know. It's quite another when that person is someone we call a friend, lover, and trusted ally.

Based on the popular 'zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the open secret of intimate violence--by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships--within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic.

Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist/educator.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide.

About the Author

Ching-In Chen (editor): Ching-In Chen is the award-winning author of The Heart's Traffic: A Novel in Poems, listed by Hyphen among the 10 most notable books by Asian Americans in 2009. A multi-genre, border-crossing writer, Chen is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston. Her work has appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Water~Stone Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Rio Grande Review, Cha, Verdad and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and winner of the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Award, among others, Chen has also been awarded residencies and fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Foundation, Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center, and the Paden Institute. She is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of California at Riverside.

Jai Dulani (editor): Jai Dulani is an MFA candidate in the Integrated Media Arts program at Hunter College. An interdisciplinary storyteller, Dulani has been an Austin Project Fellow and a BCAT/ Rotunda Gallery Multi-Media Artist-in-Residence. Dulani has worked as a consultant on LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence issues and facilitated leadership programs for young women, immigrant youth and LGBTQ youth in NYC. A recipient of the Third Wave Foundation Scholarship for Young Women & Trans Activists and a Slam Winner at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, Dulani is also a Kundiman fellow.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (editor): The award-winning author of Consensual Genocide, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer Sri Lankan writer, performer and teacher. She is the 2009-10 Artist in Residence at UC Berkeley’s June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program, a 2009 Sins Invalid performer and the co-founder and co-artistic director of Mangos With Chili. A frequent contributor to Bitch, Make/Shift, and ColorLines magazines, her work has been widely anthologized in such collected volumes as Yes Means Yes; Visible: A Femmethology; Homelands; Colonize This!; We Don’t Need Another Wave; Bitchfest; Without a Net; Dangerous Families; Geeks, Misfits and Outlaws; and A Girl’s Guide to Taking Over The World.

Andrea Smith (preface): Andrea Smith is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside. She is the award-winning author and/or editor of several books, including Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (Duke University Press); Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide; The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex; and The Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Smith currently serves as the US Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, and she is co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.

Contributors include: Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA), Gina de Vries, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Ana Lara, Mango Tribe, Philly's Pissed, UBUNTU

Table of Contents

Preface / Andrea Smith

Introduction / Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

PART 1: Safety at the Intersections of Intimate, Community and State Violence

Reclaiming Queer and Trans Safety / Morgan Bassichis

Ending Oppression. Building Solidarity. Creating Community Solutions. / Meiver De la Cruz and Carol Gomez, MataHari: Eye of the Day

It Takes Ass to Whip Ass: Understanding and Confronting Violence Against Sex Workers / roundtable discussion with Miss Major, Mariko Passion and Jessica Yee; introduced and edited by Juliet November

I Am Because We Are: Believing Surivors and Facing Down the Barrel of the Gun / Alexis Pauline Gumbs (UBUNTU); interviewed by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

PART 2: On Survivorship

Homewrecker / Gina de Vries

The Secret Joy of Accountability: Self-accountability as a Building Block for Change / Shannon Perez-Darby

Seeking Asylum: On Intimate Partner Violence and Disability / Peggy Munson

There Is Another Way / Ana-Maurine Lara

PART 3: (Re)claiming Body, (Re)Claiming Space

Manifesto / Vanessa Huang

Without My Consent / Bran Fenner

A Sliding Stance / N.

when your parents made you / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Freedom and Strategy * Trauma and Resistance / Timothy Colm

PART 4: We Are Ready Now

Beautiful, Difficult, Powerful: Ending Sexual Assault Through Transformative Justice / The Chrysalis Collective

Making Our Stories Matter: The StoryTelling and Organizing Project (STOP) / Rachel Herzing and Isaac Ontiveros

What Does It Feel Like When Change Finally Comes? Male Supremacy, Accountability and Transformative Justice / Gaurav Jashnani, RJ Maccani and Alan Greig (Challenging Male Supremacy Project)

Movement Building Starts with Healthy Relationships: Transforming Silence Into Action (TSIA) in Asian Pacific Islander LBGT Communities / Orchid Pusey and gita mehrotra

Think. Re-think. Accountable Communities / Connie Burk

Resources

Community Accountability Within People of Color Progressive Movements: Selections from the 2004 Report by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

INCITE! Community Accountability Fact Sheet

Biographies

Acknowledgments

Index

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780896087941
Author:
Chen, Ching-in
Publisher:
South End Press
Editor:
Chen, Ching-In
Editor:
Dulani, Jai
Editor:
Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi
Author:
Chen, Ching-In
Author:
Dulani, Jai
Author:
Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi
Subject:
Abuse - General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Abuse
Subject:
Abuse-Domestic Violence
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Publication Date:
20110531
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Based on the popular 'zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the open secret of intimate violence--by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships--within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers life-saving alternatives for ensuring survivor safety while building a road toward a revolution where no one is left behind.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic.

Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist/educator.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide.

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