query: innovative anti-violence groups

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Sat Oct 18 13:26:13 CDT 2008

[ed: thanks to Mary and Andy for responses to Melissa's query.]

From: mochs143 at aol.com

Campaign Against Violence (CAV) in Milwakee, primarly a youth organizing 
effort affiliated with the League of Young Voters is a great group to 


From: "Andrew Mott" <andymott at communitylearningproject.org>

Very interesting antiviolence/community-building work is being done in 
other countries.  One major source of information about that is the 
Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 
England.  John Gaventa of IDS -- former Director of the Highlander 
Center and U of Tennessee Community Partnership Center -- directs an 
applied research/action program on these issues in several developing 
countries. He can be reached at j.gaventa at ids.ac.uk

Andy Mott

Andrew Mott, Director

Community Learning Partnership

1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW--Suite 500

Washington, DC 20036


andymott at communitylearningproject.org

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> "Melissa Spatz" <womenandgirlscan at gmail.com>
> The Women and Girls Collective Action Network and DePaul University's 
> Program in Women's and Gender Studies are collaborating on a national 
> documentation project of anti-violence groups.  This work expands the 
> findings of the December 2007 report, "Communities Engaged in Resisting 
> Violence" (see link: http://comm-org.wisc.edu/papers2008/russo.htm) 
> nationally.  "Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence" documents the 
> dialogues and work of Chicago area activists and organizations who are 
> using alternative models, outside of the social service and criminal 
> justice systems, to address interpersonal and state violence.
> Currently, we are in search of individuals and groups around the country 
> who are engaged in dialogues and processes using alternative models and 
> strategies to connect anti-violence work with community building, 
> mobilize and expand communities' capacities to end violence through 
> organizing and accountability, and see social justice as a central part 
> of anti-violence work.
> Our goals for this project are multifaceted.  We foremost intend to 
> bring visibility to social justice work around anti-violence, thus 
> further galvanizing a shift ignited by INCITE! in the Domestic Violence 
> movement.  We see this documentation as part of an ongoing series of 
> writing projects including, and not limited to, blogging, academic 
> papers and community organization reports.  Eventually, we envision a 
> national convening of groups as a forum to share frameworks, strategies 
> and tactics.
> If you are involved in this work, or know of rad groups who are, please 
> let us know!  Send us contact information including and not limited to: 
> group name / email / website / contact person / mailing address / phone 
> number
> Email responses to innovations4justice at gmail.com.  
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