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Our Mission

The Solutions NOT Punishment Collaborative is a Black trans and queer led collaborative that builds the power of our people to wage and win campaigns that force systematic divestment from the Prison Industrial Complex and investment in the services and supports us. this mission is grounded in our commitment toward ending the mass crisis of passive genocide, incarceration, and criminalization of Black Trans women, trans/queer people and the larger Black community.

 


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Black Trans Futurism.

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EMbodied Leadership.

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Transformative Campaigns.

Black trans futurist framework.

WE MUST END THE MASS CRISIS OF CRIMINALIZATION AND INCARCERATION IN OUR COMMUNITIES. TO DO THIS, WE MUST TAKE CONCRETE, PRACTICAL STEPS ON THE LOCAL LEVEL TO DIVEST FROM COPS, COURTS, AND CORRECTIONS AND RE-INVEST IN THE RESOURCES AND SERVICES OUR COMMUNITIES NEED TO THRIVE.

  • We are the experts on our lives and our safety. We believe in us – our brilliance, our power, our beauty, our inherent worth and our lived experience. We believe that as the people most directly impacted by the current system, we are the ones closest to the problem and we are therefore closest to the solutions for our communities.

  • We work from a Black Trans Futurist Framework for Practical Abolition. We believe that this framework is the pathway to liberation for all people. We work to ‘center the margin’, knowing that when we do that, we all win. Our historical and political analysis leads to our commitment to being Black-led and trans-led. “Practical Abolition” means that we analyze and strategize inside our current context and will fight for radical reforms that divest from the PIC and lay the groundwork for true abolition.

  • We engage in radical inclusivity. We believe in leaving no one behind. In our words and in our deeds, we commit to build an organization that rejects the divisions of the oppressor and can hold the diversity of our people. We believe we can create space that values our different experiences and develops a collective that is more powerful because of real inter-community unity. We seek to build community that has room for us all. We seek, therefore-seek therefore, to meet people where they are at and develop a compelling culture and center that invites people’s very best selves.

  • We demand more from the state and utilize what we have to take care of our own. Our primary work is to wage campaigns that demand the state dismantle the systems which oppress us and replace them with ones that serve our people. We know that we can move millions – perhaps billions – of dollars and transform culture through such campaigns. At the same time, our people are in immediate crisis and we must take care of our own. We reject a methodology of organizing that excludes service provision wholesale and provide radical, immediate need services to our people when possible.

  • We believe in the transformation of ourselves in the service of the transformation of society. We love us. We are resilient and powerful, resourceful and full of life. We have also been swimming in the culture of U.S. capitalism and imperialism for most of our lives (recent immigrants excluded). We are simultaneously dignified and humble and we understand that we must work at healing from trauma and oppression and practice new ways of being with each other if we are to be the leaders of a new day. We seek to model an organizing that values practicing how we want to be with each other, honors each and every human being, leads with love and hope, and transforms all of us for the better in the process of the work.

  • We believe in collaborative organizing that builds the larger movement. We are part of a larger movement, one that needs multiple strategies from diverse communities in order to succeed.  

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