Lots of people are using the word "accountability" with respect to various forms of harm. It is clear however that there isn't any agreement about what this idea means.
Is accountability punishment? Is it possible to move towards repairing harm without punishment?
Over the past few years, individuals, organizations and communities have been exploring models for building accountable communities for the purpose of healing and repair. They've been wrestling with the question of what it looks like to be accountable to survivors of harm without punishing those who do harm?
This gathering at Barnard College in NYC will include a number of individuals from across the country who have been and are thinking through concepts of community accountability and transformative justice. The animating question of this gathering is: "How can we support people who cause harm to take accountability and to move towards repair?"
This gathering will include panel discussions, workshops and strategy sessions in an attempt to develop more answers to this vexing question.
Registration information will be forthcoming.
For background about transformative justice and community accountability, visit https://transformharm.org. For specific discussion about accountability, visit http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/building-accountable-communities/
Art by Micah Bazant
co-sponsored by Project NIA and Barnard Center for Research on Women.