Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the idea of “Beloved Community” — a world void of oppression, discrimination, violence, and bigotry that is fueled instead by friendship, good will, and deep human connection. At Move to End Violence, we embraced Dr. King’s vision.
We can’t achieve true social change without working collaboratively to leverage our collective power. We worked with Movement Makers, their organizations and allies to develop a shared vision of the world we are trying to create and foster a deep sense of inter-connectedness.
We worked with Movement Makers and their organizations to help identify their strengths and their most powerful contribution within the context of a movement ecosystem and to set a path for increasing their organization’s capacity to effectively engage in social change work.
Building movements for social change requires powerful leaders who are purpose-centered, adaptive, and able to hold complexity across systems. Through training and leadership coaching, we helped Movement Makers articulate and connect with their leadership purpose and core strengths.
Gender-based violence is a manifestation of patriarchy, misogyny, transphobia, and homophobia. It is interpersonal, institutional, and systemic. Our commitment to gender justice is to disrupt both the gender hierarchy and the gender binary, and to lift up intersections with racial justice, economic justice, and disability justice.
As said by Cara Page, “Healing Justice is a framework that identifies how we can holistically response to and intervene on intergenerational trauma and violence and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our collective bodies, hearts, and minds.”
Empowering the people most impacted by ableism requires ongoing and intentional reflection on our practices and language to ensure that they are accessible, are trauma informed, and centered on healing justice. For us, this looks like proactively asking what people need to fully participate, prioritizing wellness and safety, and disrupting supremacist ideas of normativity and productivity.
Language justice calls us to disrupt colonization, to challenge Western dominance, and to break down the ways injustice silences, erases, and dehumanizes us. It calls us to create spaces where all people are welcomed to communicate in the languages and accents that they feel most comfortable and whole.
The practice of deepening our historical understanding of our own identities and how they are related to other people’s identities in the context of gender-based violence is deemed a liberatory practice. This exercise centers us as the authors of our narratives, allows for multiple truths to exist, and acknowledges our intersecting identities and experiences.