accounting for ourselves

Accounting For Ourselves

accounting for ourselves“Accounting for Ourselves: Breaking the Impasse Around Assault and Abuse in Anarchist Scenes” is a very good analysis of the impasse that seems to exist within the anarchist space around assault and abuse. Starting from where we are at now with a thoughtful discussion of the limits and failures of accountability processes, the zine presents an insightful account of where we are at and where the problems exist. In many cases, the criticisms are very insightful, even if the conclusions aren’t always the most comforting. In response to the current impasse, the zine presents some possible new directions including survivor-led vigilantism, prevention through gender-based organizing, prioritizing conflict resolution, and a concept of “concentric circles of affinity.” This is a very good zine that should ideally encourage a lot of substantive discussion.

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Excerpt from Accounting For Ourselves

Sexual assault and abuse continue to plague anarchist circles and spaces. In response, we’ve developed processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. But why can’t we seem to get them right? This essay examines the context in which these community accountability models emerged and analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them. To move beyond the impasse around sexual violence within our scenes, we need to challenge the idea of community itself and take our resistance in new directions.

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