26 December 2014

"Change" -- Sixteen Days: Art and Reflection on Ending Gender-based Violence

Shared on Human Rights Day -- 10 Dec 2014

In the final video of our three-part series "Sixteen Days," we are thinking through community-based solutions and restorative justice as we continue to raise awareness about different forms of gender-based violence. Prisons and incarceration are not the answer. We need revolutionary solutions with visionary transformation of our communities and consciousness. Deep Rooted Change.

"Today the reactionary calls for more and more laws to create order. The revolutionary should be able to conceive of struggling for a society which is based more on the wisdom of men and women than on laws. Fighting for more laws is like fighting for better jails. We believe in prison reform, but those who concentrate their energies on struggling for prison reform are not revolutionaries. They have no vision of a new society in which we will need fewer jails. Today, the more you try to reform institutions rather than to change people, the worse things become. All you are doing is increasing human dependence upon institutions; you are multiplying bureaucracies and diverting human energies and attention from the changes that people have to make in themselves." 
- From Conversations in Maine (1978) by James and Grace Lee Boggs, Freddy and Lyman Paine

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