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The Revolution Starts at Home

Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities

Ching-In Chen (Editor), Jai Dulani (Editor), and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor); Andrea Smith (preface)

Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0-89608-794-1
Format: Paperback original
Release Date: 2011-05-01

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The extent of the violence affecting our communities is staggering. Nearly one in three women in the United States will experience intimate violence in her lifetime. And while intimate violence affects relationships across the sexuality and gender spectrums, the likelihood of isolation and irreparable harm, including death, is even greater within LGBTQI communities. To effectively resist violence out there—in the prison system, on militarized borders, or during other clear encounters with "the system"—we must challenge how it is reproduced right where we live. It's one thing when the perpetrator is the police, the state, or someone we don't know. It's quite another when that person is someone we call friend, lover, mentor, trusted ally.

Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the "open secret" of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.

Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.

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Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic.

Kundiman Fellow Jai Dulani is an interdisciplinary storyteller and activist/educator.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is the author of Consensual Genocide.

Andrea Smith is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside. She is the award-winning author and/or editor of several books, including Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances; Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide; The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex; and Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology. Smith currently serves as the US Coordinator for the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, and she is co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.

Table of Contents

Preface / Andrea Smith

Introduction / Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani & Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

PART 1: Safety at the Intersections of Intimate, Community & State Violence

Reclaiming Queer & Trans Safety / Morgan Bassichis

Ending Oppression. Building Solidarity. Creating Community Solutions. / Meiver De la Cruz & Carol Gomez, MataHari: Eye of the Day

It Takes Ass to Whip Ass: Understanding & Confronting Violence Against Sex Workers / roundtable discussion with Miss Major, Mariko Passion & Jessica Yee; introduced & edited by Juliet November

I Am Because We Are: Believing Surivors & Facing Down the Barrel of the Gun / Alexis Pauline Gumbs (UBUNTU); interviewed by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

PART 2: On Survivorship

Homewrecker / Gina de Vries

The Secret Joy of Accountability: Self-accountability as a Building Block for Change / Shannon Perez-Darby

Seeking Asylum: On Intimate Partner Violence & Disability / Peggy Munson

There Is Another Way / Ana-Maurine Lara

PART 3: (Re)claiming Body, (Re)Claiming Space

Manifesto / Vanessa Huang

Without My Consent / Bran Fenner

A Sliding Stance / N.

when your parents made you / Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Freedom & Strategy * Trauma & Resistance / Timothy Colm ...

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