COLLECTIVE COMMUNITY CARE
Inspired by adrienne maree brown, I see what happens on the micro level as important windows to the macro, and I believe that what we do in our personal relationships and interactions is a reflection of the values we hold and how we actualize them. I have done what feels like a ton of reading, but is not really that much compared to a lot of people, yet is more than others, and searched out knowledge of what justice, accountability, and community look like. But, I do not have all the answers. I am still learning, I will always be learning, and I am wrong sometimes. I hope to share some of my knowledge about abolition so that you can use it in your life in your communities. I hope for feedback, because accountability is a gift.
I try to put what I am learning into practice in my relationships and my life. I teach my friends and communities about what I am learning and search out my own research. I ask myself, what is my role in my community? How can I use abolitionist values to inform this role? I have analyzed my role in different communities with the help of a graphic from Deepa Iyer. I use my abolitionist values of not wanting to harm anyone and to make sure that I hold myself accountable, to inform my role in different communities, because for me that means valuing humanity. Compensate Deepa Iyer.
Abolition is all the time. It is, in line with Black Feminism, fighting against all oppressions. I am constantly curating this resource, as well as working with my community towards collective liberation in various ways. Currently this is most directly through disseminating political education both within this collective and as a part of my synagogue, and learning de-escalation tactics so that I can effectively respond to conflict without creating more violence. I also incorporate the values of abolition into everyday life, by treating everyone with respect and dignity and making sure I treat people with care. In addition, I work within myself to unlearn the violence and oppressive systems I have been taught. I donate a portion of my income regularly to Black trans folks and abolitionist survivor led organizations, organizations that work on caring for folks. This work is lifelong and I can only hope that my actions match my values.
What do you think?