Community Lab for Intentional Practice

What is Community Lab for Intentional Practice?

Purpose

The Lab is focused on providing an alternative community space for developing abolitionist, co-conspirator and restorative justice practices that eliminate racial disparities in Dane County and empower the voices of those most impacted. CLIP prioritizes expanding self-awareness and the ability to offer transformative practice at interpersonal and institutional levels of engagement. Recognizing that unlearning the ways we participate in white supremacist culture are deeply ingrained, members are committed to consistent and long term work.

What is it?

This is an inclusive space that creates community and develops co-conspirator and abolitionist action. CLIP offers ongoing restorative circle opportunities, anti-racism, institutional harm, and practice that builds capacity to relate to real life and hypothetical scenarios. Our work in the lab also includes opportunities to engage in creative, contemplative and collaborative projects that dismantle institutional injustice and develops alternative infrastructure.

Organizations are welcome to request lab sessions that respond to their specific needs.

When is CLIP?

Currently labs are meeting on the third Monday of every month from 2:30-3:30pm.

How to get involved?

This meeting will be held over Zoom. You can RSVP for CLIP with this link.

Benefits:

  • Builds community for people who want to do anti-racism and restorative justice work
  • Expands your self-awareness and the ability to offer transformative practice
  • You can learn practical ways to interrupt, dismantle, and replace white supremacist ways

Cost

The cost of participating in TAN is free, however, we ask for contributions of whatever you can afford that will be used for scholarship funds for Black students.

For More Information

For more information and to get involved, contact Mariah at tan.timebank@gmail.com.

CLIP Member Puts Pressure on Senator for Funding Reallocation

  • Posted on: 21 April 2021
  • By: Mariah Kozmer

This is posted on behalf of a CLIP member.

Dear Senator Roys;

I am writing today to urge you to reallocate $197 million spent annually to enforce technical violations of probation and parole. It is well known that a primary root cause of crime is poverty. Our punitive carceral system does nothing to address the root causes of poverty including the lack of generational wealth among black and brown people due to historic and ongoing systemic racism. We know that black and brown people are disproportionately arrested and incarcerated here in the Midwest. The 2019 Race in the Heartland Report cites the research of the Sentencing Project in its April 2018 report to the United Nations that "African Americans are more likely than white Americans to be arrested; once arrested, they are more likely to be convicted; and once convicted, and they are more likely to experience lengthy prison sentences. African American adults are 5.9 times as likely to be incarcerated as whites . . . [a]s of 2001, one of every three black boys born in that year could expect to go to prison in his lifetime.”   

Investing in our current carceral approach to crime exacerbates the trauma of poverty and disenfranchisement especially for black and brown people. It is time that the State of Wisconsin  invest this money to help people get back on their feet via drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment or restorative justice practices that are not only compassionate but far less expensive. I ask that the State of Wisconsin invest in alternatives to incarceration, particularly for those who violate the rules of parole which are often extreme. 

Sincerely,
Rachel

 

Picture: Milwaukee Independent, April 2021