This course is an introduction to the basic principles and frameworks of Transformative Justice. It will introduce you to the values of Transformative Justice, its history and roots, how you likely already practice transformative justice in your everyday life, and some strategies to apply TJ to the different relationships, communities and organizations you are part of. Understanding the cultural and historical waters we swim in, where the benefit of some is based on the exploitation of many, this course offers some simple tools and frameworks to start creating a new reality for yourself, the people you love and the people you work with. It will explore questions such as:
How do we build communities that can care for one another, even through conflict and harm?
How can we use consent as a tool to navigate power in our relationships, and as a tool to build a healthier relationship with ourselves?
When conflict and harm occur, how can we respond in ways that center transformation, care, and accountability over punishment and shame?
This self-guided mini-course will be broken down into the following topics:
- What Is Transformative Justice
- Values + Roots of Transformative Justice
- Care Practices
- Consent + Conflict
- Shame + Accountability
It includes readings and resources in a variety of media, videos made by Spring Up that synthesize key learnings, questions for discussion or group reflection and self-guided activities to help you apply the content to your own life and context. The first welcome module of the course is available as a free preview, including a video welcome from Spring Up co-founders and co-directors Leander Roth (they/he) and Stas Schmiedt (they/them) explaining more about the class and what you can expect if you sign up.
This course is intended as a “taste of TJ”, a window into this framework that we believe has the power to radically transform the ways we care for ourselves and each other. It is NOT a replacement for our more comprehensive 6 week Transformative Justice course offered in the Summer and Fall (if you’re interested, check that out here), but can be a good way to prepare for that course or identify if you want to go deeper. The TJ mini-class was put together with accessibility in mind and is the equivalent of about a half day training on Transformative Justice. We know that not everyone has the time or the money to invest in a 6-week intensive course on Transformative Justice. Where that course is designed to give you all the tools you need to begin engaging with TJ in community with your peers, the mini-course is intended more as a handshake or an appetizer, to help you get to know our healing and liberation work and invite you to join us in it.
In this course you will learn:
- How to define transformative justice and distinguish between transformative, restorative and punitive approaches to harm
- The history and roots of transformative justice
- How care is distributed in our society, how to create more equitable, sustainable systems of mutual care and care for those who are caring for others (including ourselves!)
- Why consent is an important practice of transformative justice and how we can practice consent in a range of relationships
- Practices to define and redefine your boundaries
- Practices to connect with your body as you relate to others and navigate conflict
- An overview of the theory and practice of accountability, with invitations for how to bring more accountability into your life
This is for you if...
- You feel the need to deeply connect with people in your life, communities you are a part of, and the land you are living on.
- You are wondering how you can show up for someone when they are hurt without overextending yourself
- You have heard the words Transformative Justice, Restorative Justice, abolition and/or liberation and you would like just a little more info but don’t have much money and time to spend right now
- You have heard the word consent and feel like there’s more to it than just saying yes and no
- You are wondering how to make your work and/or care practice more sustainable
Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts here at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education.