Reclaiming Our Own Transcendence (RooT) is a Black and Brown, queer, grassroots led initiative in response to sexual and interpersonal violence. In 2017, RooT began offering support to survivors using a transformative justistice lens to address acts of harm instead of using punitive measures.
Our work has turned to making healing and accountability possible for individuals and communities primarily through healing workshops and healing clinics.
We do not subscribe to respectability politics. We believe everyone deserves to feel safe regardless of race, sexual orientation, economic status, profession, disability status, or gender identity.
RooT recognizes that when harm is enacted, survivors aren’t the only ones in need of healing. Those who have caused and enabled harm also deserve healing.
More often than not those who have caused harm are also survivors of harm, themselves. Healing means reevaluating an awareness of self, emotional scars, past triggers, and a realignment of moral inventory in order to release attachments to abusive behaviors, patterns, and thoughts.
While sexual violence is a culturally embedded problem, enabled by institutions and structures of power, individual healing work creates capacity and uncovers the courage necessary to address sexual violence and rape culture within our places of work, study, worship, households, interpersonal relationships, political landscapes, social justice movements and organizations.
RooT uses a transformative justice model to address violence. This is counter to the injustice system that disproportionately imprisons people of color and often falls short when protecting survivors.
Violence is not going to stop if we rely on institutions that use violence, to end violence in our communities.
Our work is transformative when we make healing democratic, relevant, and accessible. Our initiatives center the experiences of participants, generates new facilitators of healing work, and is part of a ground up movement to build a culture of compassion, accountability, and consent.