True accountability is not only apologizing, understanding the impacts your actions have caused on yourself and others, making amends or reparations to the harmed parties; but most importantly, true accountability is changing your behavior so that the harm, violence, abuse does not happen again.
-Mia Mingus (who is not IN this episode, but is quoted; more here)
As we approach the end of our first season, this episode is about diving into what accountability means, especially in practice, in real-life situations. That’s a huge subject, of course, and touches on issues like apology, restorative justice, transformative justice, “cancel culture” and a million other things. One episode isn’t really enough to cover all that, but we hope it’s at least a step on a longer journey.
Here are a few of the resources we mention in this episode:
- Barnard Center for Research on Women’s “Building Accountable Communities Project”
- “Dealing With Our Shit” Collective’s Zine
- Mia Mingus’ “How to Give a Good Apology”
- Mia Mingus’ “Dreaming Accountability”
- Dan Harmon’s Apology (18:38)
- Kyra and Malcolm London’s Accountability Process
- How To Survive The End of The World Episodes on Transformative Justice (1 and 2)
- Guante’s “How Do We Build a Culture of Consent?” zine
Huge thanks to our guest as well, Russel Balenger of the Circle of Peace Movement (TCOPM)!
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