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Bay Area Book Launch ~ Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement
Wednesday, January 29, 7:30pm
Pegasus Books Downtown
Editors Ejeris Dixon and Leah Piepzna-Samarasinha and contributors Elizabeth Long and Elena Rose present Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Afraid to call 911, but not sure what to do instead? Read this book! Beyond Survival collects tools, strategies and personal stories of the struggle to create safety, justice and accountability beyond the criminal justice system. This long-awaited and deeply necessary book documents some of the work of the transformative justice movement- collecting everything from personal stories of successful interventions in abuse and violence to guides to being accountable if you’ve been abusive, from strategies to support folks having emotional crises without calling 911 to toolkits for creating safer party spaces and community safety zones from ICE. Along the way, there’s plenty of personal essays and reflections from long time organizers on the state of the movement, and visions for the future we’re building that will bring us all home. Featuring writing, tools and interviews by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Kai Cheng Thom, Amita Swadhin, Audrey Huntley, Amanda Aguilar Shank, Janae E Bonsu of BYP100, Philly Stands Up (Esteban Kelly, Jenna Peters-Golden, Qui Dorian, Bench Ansfield and Beth Blum), Creative Interventions, Trans Lifeline, Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, Oakland Power Projects, SOS Collective/Audre Lorde Project, Icarus Project/ Fireweed Collective, Raquel Lavina, Chris Lymbertos, RJ Maccani, Nathan Shara, Staci Haines, Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights, MIJENTE, Monica Sehovic Bowen Forrester, Elene Lam, Chanelle Gallant, Elisabeth Marie Long, Adrienne Maree Brown, Adrian Cole, Yalini Dream, Shira Hassan, Mariame Kaba and Mimi Kim.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Ejeris Dixon is an organizer, consultant, and political strategist with twenty years of experience organizing within racial justice, LGBTQ, transformative justice, anti-violence, and economic justice movements. She is the Founding Director of Vision Change Win Consulting where she partners with organizations to build their capacity and deepen the impact of their organizing strategies. Her essay, "Building Community Safety: Practical Steps Toward Liberatory Transformation," is featured in the anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States.
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled nonbinary femme writer, disability and transformative justice movement worker, and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. The Lambda Award winning author of Tonguebreaker, Bridge of Flowers, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and Consensual Genocide, with Ching-In Chen and Jai Dulani, she co-edited The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. Since 2009, she has been a lead artist with the disability justice performance collective Sins Invalid.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Elisabeth Long is a community organizer, educator and facilitator rooted in anticarceral feminism and focused on transformative justice, prison abolition and racial justice. She has spent the last decade working at various points within the anti-violence/ anti-criminalization venn diagram, and her heart and political home lie in the overlap.
Rev. Elena Rose Vera, a Filipina-Ashkenazi trans woman originally from rural Oregon, joined Trans Lifeline’s executive team in May 2018. A longtime organizer, educator, and performing artist, she holds an M.Div. focused on social justice and community care work and was ordained as a minister by the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, a historic civil-rights church in San Francisco. Rev. Vera is proud to bring her deep commitment to love, support, and liberation for trans people everywhere to her work with Trans Lifeline. Trans Lifeline was founded in 2014 to connect trans people to the community, resources, and support they need to survive and thrive—building resilient trans community through trans-led di-rect services. Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is there to care for trans peo-ple through moments of crisis and suicidality. Their Microgrants program provides low-barrier grants to trans people in need of legal name changes and updated government IDs—as well as spe-cialized support for trans people who are incarcerated or undoc- umented. By providing care, Trans Lifeline identifes the trans community’s most pressing needs and brings that expertise to the broader LGBT equality movement.
Pegasus Books is wheelchair accessible. There is a chairlift to the event area that holds manual chairs, powerchairs, and scooters. So that people with chemical disabilities, asthma, and other chronic illness can attend, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, and essential oils.