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Feminist AccountabilityDisrupting Violence and Transforming Power$
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Ann Russo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777169

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777169.001.0001

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Building Communities

Building Communities

(p.19) 1 Building Communities
Feminist Accountability

Ann Russo

NYU Press

This chapter explores how a praxis of accountability can build communities able to hold, address, and transform conflict and manifestations of oppression and violence. It focuses on the importance of building values of accountability into our relationships and communities within the context of movement building for social and structural change. In it, I explore practices that help cultivate our willingness to take accountability for the ways we participate in and/or are implicated within systems of oppression and privilege. They call us to recognize, challenge, and transform the impact of systemic racism and white supremacy on our identities and relationships as well as our ideas and visions for social change. Rather than avoiding how our ideas, words, and actions contribute to harm or are complicit in systemic oppression, this chapter offers practices for taking of accountability for the impact of our words and actions as a way of building caring just communities. These practices can build a community’s capacity to address the harms of interpersonal and intimate violence.

Keywords:   Communities, calling in, impact, not intentions, Complicity in systemic racism

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