New York City's Transformative Justice Hub, a new container for people interested in transformative justice and community accountability, launched in 2019. In its pilot year, NYCTJHub held six different sessions, outlined below. In the spring of 2021, we will share our evaluation of the first year and our plans for the second. For TJ community news and events, you can also follow us on Facebook .
Our sixth event was held online on Saturday, July 25 from 12-2:00pm. The focus of the workshop was 'Rooted in Resistance: How Movements and Leaders Blossom in Places That They're Not Supposed to Grow'.
In this workshop, Andrea James of the National Council moderated a conversation between Jose Saldana and Laura Whitehorn of Releasing Aging People from Prison about their work building transformative justice while incarcerated. Recordings from currently incarcerated organizers Stevie and K were also offered as part of the discussion.
Our fifth event was held online on Saturday, May 30 from 12-2:15pm. The focus of the workshop was 'Support New York Accountability Curriculum: Lessons Learned'.
Our fourth event was held online on Saturday, April 11 from 12-2:00pm. The focus of the workshop was 'How to Communicate Your Boundaries'.
In this workshop, we worked with facilitator Nico Fonseca. We led a guided a group reflection on our habits and discussed boundary-setting with peers, generally and under quarantine. Nearly 100 participants engaged in reflective and interactive activities, and brought examples or experiences from their own lives into the online space.
Our third event was Saturday, January 25 from 12-3:00pm. The focus of the workshop (12-3pm) was 'How to Make a Good Apology'.
In this workshop, we drew on decades of work done by Just Practice and the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, to offer tools and practices for addressing harm we’ve inflicted and cultivating space for healing by making a good apology. We discussed taking responsibility for harm that we cause as an opportunity to practice accountability and community nurturance. Instead of avoiding conflict and the wounds we've caused within our communities and movement spaces, we talked about ways that we learn to sit with our own complicated emotions, discern what responsibility is ours to take, and offer an apology without any expectations of others.
Our second event was Saturday, November 23rd from 12-5:30pm. The focus of the workshop (12-2pm) was 'Conflict Transformation'.
In this workshop, we worked with the New York Peace Institute. We discussed conflict theory and practiced conflict transformation techniques that can be used not only for mediation, but in everyday situations and longer community accountability processes.
On September 28th we launched the NYC TJ Hub with a Pod Mapping workshop with Mia Mingus from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective.
Almost 100 people participated in the Pod Mapping workshop from 12-2:30. Folks then used the remaining time to work on developing pods in their own lives. We encouraged those who will use the "lab" or TJ Rx portion of the upcoming workshops to come with their pod members!