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. 

About TAN 

How to Get Involved


The TimeBank Community Helpline

  • Posted on: 1 January 2020
  • By: Dane County TimeBank

The Timebank Community Helpline

Using the power of restorative justice practices to offer open minded listening, practical support and referrals for COVID-19 resources


What does the Helpline do:


  • Posted on: 1 January 2020
  • By: Dane County TimeBank

The objectives of MediaWatch team are to:

1) Respond to the need for independent media that is diversified and at all levels

2) Create opportunities for independent media to collaborate with grassroots communities

3) Encourage people to respond to racism in the media and,

4)Interrupt how info is shared that perpetuates white supremacist culture

End Violence Against Black People Campaign

  • Posted on: 1 January 2020
  • By: Dane County TimeBank

The (Taskforce) Campaign to End Violence Against Black People began as a response to the arrest of black children. In December of 2019 a 14 year-old was arrested at his middle school. 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? 

Coordinating Committee

  • Posted on: 1 January 2020
  • By: Dane County TimeBank

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: 


  • Posted on: 1 January 2020
  • By: Ryan Eykholt

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.