Cultural Justice Models: what does a community-based model of justice look like?

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One commitment in the Stop the Injunctions campaign right now is to highlight the creative ways that communities are capable of addressing violence and creating real, inclusive safety every day.

Here is one analysis of the European-based legal system and why it does not serve our communities in creating inclusive or lasting safety.  This chart provides some ways to think about who gets to be engaged in a community-based solutions model and what the values are behind different justice models.

VIEW CHART HERE: Cultural Justice Model Chart-1

This chart comes from “Gullah Restorative Justice” by Morris Jenkins.

Abstract: “Restorative justice has been suggested as a means to deal with disproportionate minority confinement and other social problems within communities of color, specifically the Black community. However, scholars and practitioners have pointed out cultural concerns that must be addressed in the restorative justice process. Afrocentric theory and its principles have been suggested as a way to deal with the cultural concerns within the restorative justice process. This article examines the contemporary and historical means of informal dispute resolution in the Gullah Islands of South Carolina. These strategies of dispute or conflict resolution were used to deal with crime, delinquency, civil matters, community grievances, and other social wrongs outside the traditional common and civil legal systems. Through on-site in-depth interviews, focus groups, and an analysis of archival documents, the research determined that the strategies used on the Gullah Islands fell within the Afrocentric restorative justice model.”

Saturday Dec. 10th: Fight Injunctions, Defend our Communities @ Phat Beets Farmer’s Market

We’ve got a great Saturday lined up at the Phat Beets Farmers Market again this week.

PHAT BEETS FARMERS MARKET 

Dec 10th: 10am-2pm

5715 Market Street

10am-2pm: Mural making with artists from Eastside Arts Alliance! Come check out how the Stop the Injunctions mural is going!  We hope to display it in the Dover Park garden and other locations in North Oakland when it is finished.

11am: What is a gang injunction?  What is happening in Oakland? Come participate in a workshop and learn more about the injunctions, the impact on our communities and the fight to stop them. 

Police Complaint and Community Testimony Table (10am-2pm): Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC) is collecting testimony against policing in North Oakland in order to continue pushing against policing policies like injunctions. City Council is listening closely to what we have to say, and we want North Oakland’s voices heard.  We will not be putting the complaints through the Community Police Review Board (CPRB) process; rather we will be collecting testimony to share with City Council allies so we can defeat the injunctions.  It can remain anonymous.  Please come by to give testimony, discuss more about the injunctions, how to get involved, or share strategies for real community-based solutions to violence.

 10 am-2pm: “Our Oakland, Our Solutions” video making: Come stop by and share with us what you see as real community justice!  Who would be involved?  How do we care for each other?  What do you see being real solutions for safety for us all?  

AND:  We’ll be joined by The Ephemory Project, an Oakland photo/story archive of loved ones lost to social, economic and related violence.  The EP seeks to provide a space for contributors to memorialize their losses and a means to connect with other people facing similar issues; and to build awareness about the epidemic of loss some communities are facing due to violence, deportation, lack of health care, and other social and political problems.  Read more and view, here.

Join Us This Saturday in North Oakland!

PHAT BEETS FARMERS MARKET 

Dec 3rd: 10am-noon

5715 Market Street

STIC will hold a Police Complaint & Community Testimony table this Saturday at the market to talk with people about police complaints in North Oakland. We’re collecting testimony against policing in North Oakland in order to continue pushing against policing policies like injunctions.  City Council is listening closely to what we have to say and we want North Oakland’s voices heard.  We will not be putting the complaints through the Community Police Review Board (CPRB) process; rather we will be collecting testimony to share with City Council allies so we can defeat the injunctions.  It can remain anonymous.  Please come by to give testimony, discuss more about the injunctions, how to get involved, or share strategies for real community-based solutions to violence.

Great events this weekend! With STIC and so much more…

STIC will be out in Oakland this weekend.  Come out to these great events, both happening all day Saturday.  Be sure to say ‘hey’ if you roll through!

 Life is Living

Saturday, October 8th – 11am – 5pm
Defremery Park – 1651 Adeline St.

A FREE Celebration of Urban Life Through Hip Hop, Intergenerational Health & Environmental Action. STIC will be tabling, selling t-shirts and facilitating police complaints with a lawyer.

www.lifeisliving.org  

Phat Beets Farmers’ Market

Indigenous People’s Day:  Decolonize Your Diet!

11am – 3pm at the N. Oakland Arlington Medical Center – 5715 Market St.

Live music, live art, poetry, cooking demos, a workshop of culinary colonialism & “What is a gang injunction? What is happening in Oakland?” workshop hosted by STIC from 2-3 pm.  See the full line-up here (so many great workshops!).

2-3pm Stop the Gang Injunctions Coalition “What are gang injunctions?  What is happening in Oakland?”
Gang Injunctions are a really contentious issue in our communities.  Come here about what is happening in Oakland and participate in a dialog around safe communities.  This is an open community dialog and there will be room for discussion from all viewpoints regarding how to reduce violence, the current North Oakland and Fruivale injunctions and the proposed expansion of injunctions to West and East Oakland.



Reclaiming Our Community

Santi, a member of Xicana Moratorium Coalition, talks at the 8/7 Block Party about how we can unite and reclaim our communities by taking pride in our art and culture, and connecting community members to resources and information.

Examples of organizations that use art & culture to connect community members include: Eastside Arts Alliance, Intertribal Friendship House, and Dignidad Rebelde.

How have YOU seen art & culture used to connect community members? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

Addressing Violence through Building Community

Sal, a Fruitvale resident that volunteered to do security during the 8/7 Block Party,  talks about how a major part of creating safe spaces is building community.

A lot of times people think we need to call the police for security, but if we reach out to community members and initiate some dialogue to get on the same page, then we can definitely come together and create our own safe spaces and communities. How do YOU create safe spaces in your home/school/at work/in your neighborhood? PLEASE COMMENT BELOW!

For examples of organizations that work to create safe & healthy communites, check out some of our Community Allies.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Fight against the threat of new injunctions!

In the wake of the shooting death of 3 year old Carlos Nava, City Council-members have begun the call for more injunctions. Overlooking the fact that many of those that organized the vigil for Carlos & his family have also been vigorously organizing against the gang injunctions for months now, Larry Reid was quoted on KTVU advocating for a new injunction (http://www.ktvu.com/news/28830897/detail.html).

As many of us know, and as Kazu from the Peace Development Fund clearly states, “There’s a difference between just preventing violence and creating peace through justice”.


As we continue to build strength and power amongst community members and organizations we are asking that you help us to realize our demand of accountability from city government and increased decision-making power for all Oakland residents.

If you are a part of an organization, please sign on to this letter reminding City Council-members of their decision on May 17th to not enact any further gang injunctions. If you are a community member interested in plugging into the work, please email us at stoptheinjunction@gmail.com.

Growing Our Roots: Reclaiming Our Fruitvale

On Sunday, August 7th community members from across Fruitvale came together with Stop the Injunctions Coalition (STIC), Eastside Arts Alliance, and other community-based organizations to beautify and celebrate our neighborhood. The mural and block party were proposed by Ruben & Mikey–members of STIC & defendants on the injunction list. Thanks to their energy & hard work, they were able to pull together other coalition and community members for what we hope is just the first of many more safe spaces for our youth, friends & family.

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We would like to give thanks to everyone that came out to show support & help make this event happen:

Week of Action in Review

 

“We want education, we we want education! Keep us out of jail, keep keep us out of jail! No police violence, no no police violence! Stop the gang injunctions, stop STOP THE GANG INJUNCTIONS!”

-Youth chant as they marched to City Hall to voice their demands and stop the injunctions.

MONDAY– 2/28 Press Conference @ Fremont Federation of Schools

Speakers included:

Betty Olson-Jones, President of the Oakland Education Association; Candice Valenzuela of Media College Preparatory High School in the Fruitvale; and Jackie García of Xicáno Moratorium Coalition will speak out against the injunctions and draw attention to trade offs in the City’s budget priorities.

For photos from Press Conference click here!

TUESDAY– 3/1 Our Communities! Our Solutions! Bike Rides around the “Safety Zones”

Cyclists ride through the “safety zone” to protest gang injunctions (North Oakland)

Pictures from North Oakland Ride

WEDNESDAY– 3/2 Day of Education & Youth Concert

“We want the funding that is going into these gang injunctions to be going towards our education, after school programs, thing that will actually be helping out community.” -One of the Youth who was part of the High school walk out that kicked off the Friday rally.

THURSDAY– 3/3 Stop ALL Violence Vigil @ Lake Merritt

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FRIDAY– 3/4 Rally to Stop the Gang Injunctions @ City Hall

Youth March and Rally Pictures

Scores rally at Oakland City Hall to protest proposed Fruitvale gang injunction

Information and Pictures from Rally

Overview of Week:

KPFA Report and Interviews **go to around 7 mins, after headlines

Oakland Tribune My Word: Oakland residents must stop the gang injunctions (Angela Davis op-ed)

Interview about the Gang Injunctions

Week of Actions: : Our Oakland, Our Solutions- What we want instead of the Gang Injunctions – Mon. February 28th – Fri. March 4th

Day #1: Mon. 2/28/11

Decriminalizing Our Youth and Our Communities:

We Denounce Violence, Stand Up for Education, & Demand Community Self-Determination!

Press Conference @ 10:30am

At: Fremont Federation of Schools (47th and Foothill)

Day #2: Tues. 3/1/11

Youth Empowerment-In Your Face:

Lifting Up Our Voices!

Bike Ride through the “Safety Zones”

-Fruitvale Ride Beginning At: East Side Cultural Center (2277 International) @ 3:30-5pm

MAP OF FRUITVALE ROUTE

-North Oakland Ride Beginning At: Bushrod Community Center (Shattuck and 59th ) @ 5:30-7pm

MAP OF NORTH OAKLAND ROUTE

Day #3: Weds. 3/2/11

Each One Teach One:

Community, Education, & Resources for Our Schools and Neighborhoods!

All Day Teach-ins

At: All High Schools in Oakland

Youth Concert @ 7-9pm

At: East Side Cultural Center (2277 International)

Day #4: Thurs. 3/3/11

STOP ALL VIOLENCE:

Healing Wounds of Oppression!

Vigil @ 5:30-7pm

At Lake Merritt Pavilion

Day #5: Fri. 3/4/11

Stand Up-El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido:

Gang Injunctions are Ineffective, Harmful and an Attack on Youth!

Rally @ 4-6pm

At: City Hall