Liberation from Within
Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, Social Justice Special Issue

Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, Social Justice Special Issue is officially available.

The editors of this special issue have plans for making ensuring that the conversation in the journal moves into in our communities. In the interim, they are planning on sharing the issue at several gatherings in the near future, including: 

Allied Media Conference:

MALCS (Mujeres Activas en Cambios y Letras Sociales) Summer Institute:

National Women’s Studies Association Meeting:

Please join us (the editors and the contributors) and share in helping us build spaces to dialogue about the issue and continue to grow the conversations on community accountability!


Following is detailed information on the Special Issue.

Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence, a special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict & World Order (Vol 37, No. 4, 2011-2012), critically examines grassroots efforts, cultural interventions, and theoretical questions regarding community-based strategies to address gendered violence.  This collection encapsulates a decade of local and national initiatives led by or inspired by allied social movements that reflect the complexities of integrating the theory and practice of community accountability.

edited by Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo, Alisa Bierria, Mimi Kim


Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violence– Editors’ Introduction

Foreword– Beth E. Richie

Moving Beyond Critique: Creative Interventions and Reconstructions of Community Accountability– Mimi Kim

Decolonizing Anti-Rape Law and Strategizing Accountability in Native American Communities– Andrea Smith

Philly Stands Up: Inside the Politics and Poetics of Transformative Justice and Community Accountability in Sexual Assault Situations–Esteban Lance Kelly

The Best Daughter– Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Catalyzing Possibility: The NO! Film Documentary as Community Accountability Technology– Theryn Kigvamasud’Vashti and Aishah Shahidah Simmons, interviewed by Alisa Bierria

In Our Hands: Community Accountability as Pedagogical Strategy– Ana Clarissa Rojas Durazo

“Where Them Bloggers At?”: Reflections on Rihanna, Accountability, and Survivor Subjectivity– Alisa Bierria

Death and Rebirth of a Movement: Queering Critical Ethnic Studies– Cathy Cohen

Afterword: After the Juggernaut Crashes– Julia C. Oparah


Arab and Arab American Feminisms

Review of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber

– Mejdulene B. Shomali


Review of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, edited by Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
 – brownfemipower


Review of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law, by Dean Spade
– Marcia Ochoa

Review of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
– Jakeya Caruthers

Captive Genders

Review of Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith
– Andrea Ritchie