The (Taskforce) Campaign to End Violence Against Black Children began as a response to the arrest of black children. In December of 2019 a 14 year-old was arrested at his middle school. He is not in custody. Lincoln HiIls is full of Black children. Why is it acceptable for Black children to be locked behind bars? The task force asks, what kinds of institutional violence is taking place in our schools and other institutions that normalize this kind of violence? The goal of this Taskforce is to create greater visibility of this problem and decriminalize Black youth. The focus is on broadening the conversation about this violence and compelling white allies to address the role of hypersegregation as a form of structural violence that bolsters and normalizes violence aginst Black children.
Transformative Action Network
What is the Transformative Action Network (TAN)?
Transformative Action Network members are committed to co-conspirator abolitionist action, in line with restorative justice principles.
By learning to relate effectively with racism and interrupt patterns of white supremacist culture, TAN members become allies and co-conspirators to Black and Brown community members. Using restorative justice work, TAN is helping Timebank build resilience instead of fragility, action instead of silence and solidarity instead of hierarchy. Abolitionist restorative practices become powerful tools that enhance mutuality and respect across gender, race and class lines. They lead to the kind of collaboration that can move Madison beyond anemic liberalism to real progressive alternatives. Anti-racist restorative practice among Timebankers is leading to racial justice.
As James Baldwin wrote, “Any citizen of this country who figures himself as responsible – and particularly those of you who deal with the minds and hearts of young people – must be prepared to “go for broke.” As a network, we are striving to give racial justice everything we have.
How to Get Involved
- Abolitionist / Co-Conspirator Restorative Justice Training
- Community Lab for Intentional Practice (CLIP)
- Open House
The TAN Coordinating committee is modeled after the SNCC in the sense that it seeks to engage in participatory democracy and build alliances on the basis of co-conspirator, abolitionist and racial justice principles. This work is guided by the writing of Bettina Love and Ella Baker. The purpose of thie committee is to coordinate the work of the Transformative Action Network.
The current members of the TAN Coordinating Team are:
- Damita Brown, Director of the TimeBank Restorative Justice Program
- Gretchen Trast
- Marin Smith
- Ryan Eykholt
- Shayne Gerberding
Getting involved with TAN means first taking an orientation that explores diaspora identity and racial disparities. The diaspora activity gives participants an opportunity to examine elements of entitlement and dispossession connected to identity, history, and perceptions of belonging. At the core of this introduction to diaspora identity is the question: ‘how does one’s personal investment in narratives of domination perpetuate white supremacist culture?’ In any given moment, we have a choice about which narrative we’re going to subscribe to. That choice is enacted in our every day actions. By examining our own cultural identities, we create the possibility of dismantling hierarchies grounded in privilege, racism, and ignorance.