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Location: New York City, NY

Organization: New York City Transformative Justice Hub 

Contact: Inactive

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︎ Offered at no cost to participants

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In 2019, Mariame Kaba brought together a group of seasoned Transformative Justice practitioners and New York City organizers to explore the formation of a Transformative Justice and community accountability (CA) training and support program pilot for New York City.

Taking direction from previous Transformative Justice collective configurations — most notably the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective — the group formed the New York City Transformative Justice Hub. For one year, from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020, the Hub ran bi-monthly political education workshops for the public followed by a consultation space for groups already involved in CA work to troubleshoot processes. By “political education,” we mean that we shaped the events to focus on knowledge and skill-building rooted in PIC abolition, transforming violence, and liberation.

The initial Hub members consisted of community organizers well-versed in TJ and PIC abolition literature and theory but relatively new to TJ/CA practice. Through Kaba and other TJ facilitators, the group members were connected to a larger network of experienced practitioners. In each workshop session, the Hub brought in practitioners from that network to share a particular concrete skill.

Following each workshop, experienced facilitators were available for groups that signed up for a CA process consultation (the Hub called this “TJRx”).

Most Hub members’ participation in the Hub was constrained by time and other organizing commitments, so Hub organizers committed early to a model of “low stress, low work.” This allowed them to skill up and focus on a smaller commitment. Experienced facilitators who acted as consultants for TJRx committed to a select number of dates. The workshops — six in total — were open and did not require more than registering. Hundreds of people attended the workshops, both in person and, in 2020, virtually.

As a model, the Hub offers a low commitment, time-restricted way for communities to introduce Transformative Justice concepts and values, identify people interested in skilling up, and connect new practitioners with broader TJ networks.

It is well-suited for pods, collectives, and small-to-medium sized groups looking to offer spaces of learning and practice. It builds both knowledge and training skills for sharing TJ fundamentals with a broad group of people, who may or may not work together.