Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power
"The essays in this book inspire a renewed commitment to a principled struggle for justice. Russo invites anti-violence scholars and activists to re-dedicate ourselves to the goals of freedom and liberation both in how we live and how we do our work; making the case that feminist accountability is both a political aspiration and an everyday practice. Courageous, compassionate, and demanding, this book is like a breath of fresh air, just when our liberation movements need it!"
—Beth Richie, Author of Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation
"As a feminist organizer, I’ve been waiting for this collection of essays for years. How do we address and transform violence in non-punitive ways? Ann Russo offers a compelling analysis of how a praxis of accountability can guide us toward some answers to this question. As a scholar-activist, Russo’s insights are drawn from both theory and practice. She has tried on and tried out the ideas she espouses in community with others. The essays are beautifully written and accessible to all. Feminist Accountability is a must read for anyone interested in community accountability practices, anti-violence organizing and transformative justice."
—Mariame Kaba, Founder of Project NIA
"Russo shares the collective wisdom garnered from years of rich experiences in imagining, designing and implementing practices of feminist accountability. This deeply self-reflexive book chronicles the author’s many years of activist engagement in antiracist, feminist, and social justice activism. As she powerfully demonstrates, this is fundamentally a collective accomplishment. She foregrounds the passionate and transformative work of diverse activists, scholars, and social justice organizations that have developed unique and effective resistance and transformative strategies for social change. Of course, most of these justice warriors are women, queer, trans and gender nonconforming people of color. Anyone seeking to counter systems of privilege and oppression in everyday life and in social structures that perpetrate violence and injustice should read this book."
—Nancy Naples, Co-editor of Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization
"Grounded in over thirty years of Russo’s anti-racist, feminist, and queer anti-violence activism, there are few books that explore the possibilities of building a more just and liberatory feminism with such astute political vision, compassion, and concrete detail. Feminist Accountability has the potential to generate an important shift in feminist politics towards an ethics of community accountability and transformative justice. I am tremendously moved and inspired by this book."
—Christine Keating, Co-editor of LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader
“Replacing hyper-individualism and division with interconnectivity and community, Russo develops useful strategies for post-oppositional transformation. Her emphasis on accountability, responsibility, and relationship-building within contexts of uneven power offers a healing approach to social justice work.”
—AnaLouise Keating, Author of Transformation Now!: Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change
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