Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice MovementEjeris Dixon; Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Transformative justice seeks to solve the problem of violence at a grassroots level, without relying on punishment, incarceration, or policing. In direct opposition to the logic of the so-called criminal justice systems, Beyond Survival poses innovative, community-based strategies as real alternatives to failed models of confinement and “corrections.” Its contributors focus on concrete and practical forms of redress and accountability, assessing existing practices and marking paths forward. They use a variety of forms — from toolkits to personal essays — to delve deeply into the “how to” of transformative justice, providing alternatives to calling the police, ways to support people having mental health crises, stories of community-based murder investigations, and much more. At the same time, they document the history of this radical movement, creating space for long-time organizers to reflect on victories, struggles, mistakes, and transformations.