Accounting for Ourselves – A Review and Interview

I found this and decided to reblog it. Recently I was involved in a discussion group where the subject was Crimethinc’s pamphlet “Accounting for ourselves – Breaking the impasse around assault and abuse in Anarchist scenes”. The discussion started out slow as it often does with sensitive subjects such as this. After a while we moved on to how we could practically address issues around accountability and safer spaces within our community. We decided to contiue to meet as a reading group with the end goal of producing a new accountability process and safer spaces policy for our local Anarchist social centre, Kebele, in Bristol.

We decided to split in to smaller groups and read texts relating to these subjects and use these to inform our progression towards our aim when we next met. The next texts we are reading are “As if they were human. – A different take on perpertrator accountability” and “The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities”. There was some talk along with some sub-consious nods and winks about the (re)formation of a mens/ all gender anti-patriarchy/ pro feminist group, we will see where it goes.
Anybody is welcome to come along and get involved in the reading group. Here is a review of the Accounting For Ourselves pamphlet along with an interview with thye Crimethinc collective from May this year.

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6bAccounting for Ourselves – A Review and Interview

How do restorative and transformative justice processes work in practice?

In April, the anarchist collective CrimethInc published a new pamphlet critiquing accountability processes and suggesting ways forward. “Accounting for Ourselves” is not an introduction to accountability processes, nor to the concepts of restorative or transformative justice, but an attempt to evaluate the current implementation of these concepts in political subcultures.

My interest in this topic has come from participating and supporting friends and comrades in this work over the last ten or so years. Accountability processes attempt to put many of my values into practice—mutual aid, respect, direct action, a DIY ethic, an acknowledgement that “crime,” safety, harm, and support are complex. Accountability processes haven’t been a perfect solution, however, and many of the participants I know have left these processes frustrated. At the same time, a lot of the…

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