Our Collective

The Alternative Justices Project is a decentralized collective that seeks to address harms in our communities by expanding consent cultures, abolishing prisons, experimenting with alternative systems, and freely sharing what we've learned. The approaches that we have attempted involve working with both harmed and harmers to find ways of reaching a shared understanding, and self-driven means of making amends. 
 

Our Goals

  • To offer alternatives to government/state systems that are inherently flawed by rape culture and uphold systems of oppression

  • To encourage communities and community members to experiment, deconstruct, transform cultures and practices in order to enhance freedom and end oppression for all

  • To create a diverse range of solutions and approaches for the transformation of both the harmed and the harmer

  • To aid those already impacted by state-sanctioned justice in ways they request

  • To critically reflect on our processes and to share our learnings

  • To remain a free decentralized collective

OUR VISION

We imagine a world with alternatives to our current justice systems.

We imagine a world where formerly incarcerated people are our teachers and collaborators.

We imagine a world where Perpetrators of sexual assault and consent violation come forward and don’t leave that burden to survivors alone.

We imagine a world where alternative justice systems satisfy the practicalities of our lived experiences.

We imagine a world where you EXPERIMENT with our work In more ways than we could ever possibly imagine.

We imagine a world where we All work to turn these imaginings into realities.

Our Philosophy

The Alternative Justices Project seeks to further the research, creation, and application of systems of justice that can transcend and transform the state and its flawed systems of law and justice. The theoretical basis for alternative justice systems generally considered to be: interdisciplinary research on restorative and transformative justice (Saulnier and Sivasubramaniam 2015; Nocella 2011; Ruth-Heffelbower 2011) and intersectional feminist perspectives on these systems and their state-sanctioned equivalents (Gilmore 2011; Daly 2006), alongside anarchism, criminal justice, and various combinations and collaborations between these fields.

As opposed to strictly adhering to one of these philosophies, perspectives, or methodologies, the general concept of alternative justices allows for adaptability, creatively, and broader applications of the shared values within these systems and for healthy critique of various methodologies, allowing for the most impactful results.  Whilst these systems can often work both independently and in conjunction with the state sanctioned justice system, they also  provide both theory and action which work towards future versions of justice that are fundamentally opposed to imprisonment, punishment, and oppression.