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. However, the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic disrupted almost all of the Collaborative's initial plans as members of the team left Minnesota, and programming had to occur virtually. To ensure their voices, values, and visions were uplifted, the Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative emerged as an online resouce hub. Dedicated volunteers created art, curated articles, facilitated virtual workshops, analyzed transcripts of the peacebuilding circles, and created a podcast featuring Queer voices.
"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
What is this?
The Envisioning Queer Justice Collaborative is an online resource hub 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 offered resources for people to learn and apply their knowledge in their own community context.
Starting 2021, EQJC will be updated periodically with articles, book recommendations, and writing managed by the Curation Fellow.
We are not a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization or service provider.