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Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group

Community Corps Training Reflection:
I attended a lecture by Alisa Bierria on Radical Relationality and the Future of Feminist Anti-Violence Praxis (hosted by the Sarah Doyle series on Cultivating Radical Coalition). This was a wonderful talk about how we can think about care as an abolitionist practice. Bierra talked about how we as communities both have agency and must keep ourselves accountable to each other. Throughout her talk she discussed the theory of radical care practice but also grounded her ideas in practice. She works with Survived and Punished, a collective which fights for the freedom of survivors of sexual abuse who are criminalized. Bierra puts forth radical relationality as an alternative to the criminal justice system. She argues that criminalization neglects our humanity and does harm rather than healing. Bierra quoted Clarissa Rojas who states, “criminality and a prison sentence fail to transform people and communities involved, instead they injure a community’s agency.” I really appreciated Bierra’s talk putting forth abolitional practice of care which was grounded in practice and the nuances of our experiences.

This talk was also very relevant to my work with youth in Providence. Radical relationality can be applied in school contexts and other learning communities. Society’s culture of criminalization penetrates school contexts in the form of discipline and policing in schools. To me, Bierria’s talk helped me imagine alternatives to these systems. As educators, we must care for our students and put in the work to develop other systems of accountability and justice in our communities. Bierria’s talk brought up the importance of relationships and in communication in conversation. When violence is done in a community, doing more harm through punishment does not have to be the answer. We must reimagine ways in which harm can be remedied through restorative means.

Gave 1.00 hour on 03/17/2019 with Community Corps Program, TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group
Off Campus Work Study Administrative Group