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Friday, March 6 • 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Gathering the Campus Community: A Collective Response to Violence

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Transformative justice says individual justice and collective liberation are equally important, mutually supportive, and inexorably intertwined. The success of one is impossible without the success of the other. Movements that use transformative justice present us with a model to heal the trauma of violence (whatever that might be), reduce the level of assaults we experience and mobilize masses of people. A month after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, a small group of community members gathered at the University of Utah. The group was disappointed at the minimal response to the tragedy observed in the community. Just days before, a young man Darrien Hunt was shot six times in the back by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Again, our campus community fell silent. As the group spoke, we identified a need for collaboration in our school responses to violence—a shift to a culture of collective accountability. To this end, we propose creative responses to social injustice that do not rely on current state systems. We believe this is a liberating process that creates a space for healing and transformation. Through our discussions, we identified a need for a phone alert system that prompts action when violence occurs in our communities. It is our hope that by creating an avenue for people to connect, our campus will have more effective responses to oppression, discrimination, and violence. This poster details our process of planning this community action project. It highlights the feminist principles we use, such as attending to the process, resisting hierarchy, and acknowledging privilege’s role in violence. All involved in the project are agents of change to end violence. Starting with the communities in which we are part of, we hope to be part of a larger transformation of state systems, refocusing the importance of community-centered responses to violence.


Friday March 6, 2015 1:05pm - 2:05pm
Redwood