1) This movement would interrogate how the very category of “woman” has served as a tool of violence. It would examine how colonialism has operated by imposing a gender binary system in indigenous communities in order to facilitate the imposition of colonial heteropatriarchy. It would thus see organizing around violence against trans peoples as central to any struggle against gender violence.
2) This movement would recognize the state as a primary perpetrator of gender violence. Through chattel slavery, the sexual colonization of Indigenous women, the sexualized exploitation of immigrant workers, gender-based crimes in war, etc., the state has continually used and benefited from gender violence as a strategy to enforce white supremacy, imperialism and anti-Black racism. Thus, the state is not and cannot be the solution to gender violence.
3) This movement would recognize capitalism as inextricably linked to gender violence through the constant commodification of bodies, identities, lands, and resources. We would no longer think this movement is going to be corporate sponsored.
4) This movement would not be organized primarily around getting the state to do something for us. Instead, it would actually be a political movement designed to build communities in which violence becomes unthinkable. This does not mean we may never pursue legal strategies, but these strategies would always be critically evaluated in terms of how effectively they further a political movement to end social, economic and political structures of violence.
5) This movement would recognize mass incarceration as a central organizing principle of violence. It would stop seeking criminal legal solutions to ending violence such as “reporting your rape.” It would not situate the problem of mass incarceration as one of violence within prisons, but would instead recognize prisons asviolence.
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