The Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative emerged from community peacebuilding circles that were held in Minnesota. In early January, 2020, concerned community members, including educators, restorative justice practitioners, mediators, social workers, legislators, judges, and more came together to discuss the barriers LGBTQ+ youth encounter in the juvenile punishment system. From these conversations, themes of erasure, systemic deficiencies, a lack of understanding of Queer identities, a need for intersectional organizing, and youth mentorship emerged.
To learn directly from youth, Queer Gen Z restorative justice practitioners facilitated six community peace-building circles with almost 40 LGBTQ+ youth from urban and rural areas in Minnesota. In circle, youth talked about school, prison, police, justice, accountability, and social change. Youth spoke with courage and conviction. To ensure their voices, values, and visions were uplifted, the Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative emerged. Dedicated volunteers created art, curated articles, facilitated workshops, analyzed transcripts of the peacebuilding circles, and created a podcast rooted in what youth thought was important for Queer justice to be actualized.
Through research, storytelling, and art, the Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative seeks to inform people of the voices of LGBTQ+ youth, and offer resources to transform violence. We hope you join us, as we continue to offer a space for these conversations to be had on a virtual platform.
"The fact that we are here and that I speak not these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.."
~ Audre Lorde
The Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative is a digital platform that seeks to disrupt punitive and exclusionary conceptions of justice, and uplift people in the Queer community who envision justice as healing, creation, and transformation.
Through research, storytelling, and content curation/creation, we offer resources to bring people together for safer, more inclusive, and liberated communities.
We are not a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization,
this is a website of resources.
We envision a society where LGBTQ+ people, and the communities they are in, have the tools, resources, and support to thrive, address harm, and build relationships. All fights for liberation are deeply interconnected, and our vision will not be achieved until all people are free.
No matter where each of us is currently located in the United States, we spend today and every day on land stolen from Indigenous people. It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought us to reside on this land, and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current, ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. The land that settlers stole carries the stories of Indigenous people, of their struggles for survival and identity, and of their resilience and wisdom. As a starting point, learn more about whose stories are part of the land you are on here: https://native-land.ca/.
Drawn from the Native Governance Center's
Our Founding Partners
Community Mediation & Restorative Services Inc.
Community Mediation & Restorative Services, Inc. is a nonprofit community-based mediation and restorative justice provider in New Hope, MN. They are committed to developing the capacity of our community to respectfully resolve conflict and repair harm.
Hamline University Center for Justice & Law
The Hamline University Center for Justice and Law in St. Paul, MN works to advance justice by developing creative, concrete, and equitable solutions to legal issues and policy concerns through teaching, research, and active collaboration with community partners and policy makers.
Peace First is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people around the world to become powerful peacemakers by: Investing in their ideas, providing them with tools and skills, connecting them with other awesome young people around the world, and sharing their stories and impact with the world.