Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP's stories. You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

Everyday, individual community members and organizations are making media about their struggles for healthy and self-determined communities. Whether it be by writing, storytelling, video-making, or through visual or performing arts, we are lucky to have so many resources at our fingertips. Here are a few things STOP is excited about…

Creative Interventions Toolkit Now Available!

The Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence is available in pre-release form.

While we are waiting for the finalizing of the designed version of this Toolkit, we wanted to make the contents of the Toolkit available for the public.  Click here to get the kit!

Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence
Women & Girls Collective Action Network
Communities Engaged in Resisting Violence documents a new movement in Chicago that seeks to end violence against women through community engagement and accountability, rather than solely social services and criminal justice. This report documents the innovative approaches, structures and strategies of sixteen community-based initiatives from across Chicago that are changing the way that we deal with violence against women in this society.

Hollow Water
Bonnie Dickie
Hollow Water is a candid and touching documentary which takes us into the isolated Ojibway village of Hollow Water, located in Northern Manitoba. The community has had a history of violence, suicide, addiction problems and sexual abuse, but the residents of Hollow Water have taken healing into their own hands and launched a profoundly transformative process of restorative justice.

INCITE! Women of Color against Violence’s Stop Law Enforcement Violence Toolkit
INCITE! Women of Color against Violence
To support women of color and trans people of color survivors of police brutality, as well as individuals and groups who are working to raise awareness of and fight police brutality against women and trans people of color, INCITE! wanted to bring together as much information as possible, as well as resources and organizing tools and ideas developed by groups across the country, in one place. This toolkit is intended as an educational resource for activists and organizers, and provides some examples of organizing tools and strategies.

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities
Ching-In Chen, Jai Dulani, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
“Tackling the touchy subject of partner abuse that occurs within so-called progressive communities is a brave move. The best thing about this zine, of which there is much good to speak, is the variety of voices present. It is written from a perspective of radical action, encompassing diversity in ethnicity, sexual and gender orientation, and yes, there are even male voices. An excellent job has been made to address partner violence between men and women, women and women, against transgender people, and even against the disabled.”
from Feminist Review

Secret Survivors
Amita Swadhin
Secret Survivors is a new work in the Undesirable Elements series. Conceived in 2009 by Amita Swadhin, an educator, anti-violence activist, and incest survivor, the project currently features 5 survivors.  A work in-progress presentation is in development for Spring 2010.
Violent ADULT-ism Project
by Amita Swadhin
A short film by Project coordinator Amita Swashin exploring public perceptions of child sexual abuse.

Toward Transformative Justice
Generation Five
This paper offers a substantive discussion on the liberatory politic of Transformative Justice.  Transformative Justice, as defined in this paper, is premised on the idea that individual justice and collective liberation are equally important, mutually supportive, and fundamentally intertwined—the achievement of one is impossible without the achievement of the other. We believe that Transformative Justice presents us with a politic and model to heal the trauma of past violence, reduce the level of violence we experience, and mobilize masses of people.
from the introduction to Toward Transformative Justice
Read Toward Transformative Justice

Something Is Wrong:Exploring the Roots of Youth Violence
Mariame Kaba, J. Cyriac Mathew, Nathan Haines, & Caitlin Ostrow
Project NIA
This non traditional curriculum guide was inspired by a simple and profound question from an incredible young woman named Shania who was struggling to make sense of the senseless. This is a curriculum that rejects the traditional conceptualization of youth violence as mainly peer to peer. In order to truly understand youth violence, it must be redefined as violence in the lives of youth people. Referring to a quote by Fredrick Douglas, the authors explain that violence is the glue that holds oppression in place.
from the introduction of Something Is Wrong

Girls Do What They Have To Do In Order to Survive- A Study of Resilience & Resistance
by Young Women’s Empowerment Project
This research is for US, it’s for YOU and for all girls, including transgender girls, and young women, including trans women involved in the sex trade and street economy. This research study was created by girls, collected by girls, and analyzed by girls. We did this because this is OUR LIVES. Who knows us better than us? This is a research study that honors all of the ways we fight back (resistance) and our healing (resilience) methods. We wrote the tool kit with the intent of giving you ideas about how girls have survived this life—not to tell you what to do.
from the Youth Activist Summary Section

Southern California Library-The People’s Library
The Library holds collections that span the breadth of social and political movements in Los Angeles–from labor, civil rights, education, and housing, to immigration, war and peace, and civil liberties. These collections include over 400 manuscript collections, as well as books, periodicals, subject files, pamphlets, posters, photographs, films, audiotapes, and more. The Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center and is able to provide free access to grantmaker directories, books on fund raising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center’s electronic databases.

Nonviolent Community Safety and Peacebuilding Handbook
by pt’chang-nonviolent community safety group
Inspired by and drawn from local and international peace initiatives, pt’chang have attempted to adapt and integrate many diverse nonviolent activist and peacekeeping skills and concepts used for decades in social change movements throughout the world into the context of peacework in our local community and city. The purpose of this handbook is two fold. At first, it was (and still is) designed as a training resource for volunteers working with pt’chang on any of it’s community safety and peacebuilding projects. Secondly, the handbook is designed as a handy and unique resource for activists and community workers engaged in work for peace at a community level throughout Australia and for those dedicated to harm reduction & anti violence work.
from the introduction

A.S.S. (Always a Safe Space)- Straight Forward, Sex-Positive Pamphlet
by Always a Safe Space
***A piece of literature that is as frank as its abbreviation***
ASS is a group of friends who want to figure out how to make queer space sexy and violence/trauma free, on the real.
“A pick-up line can be cute but realize that the goal of a one-liner is an actual conversation. Be yourself, be genuine. Remember that we aren’t all each other’s flavors; just because someone doesn’t want a taste doesn’t mean that you’re not delicious.”
This information provides tips and strategies around dating/meeting people, but  is aimed around casual hook-ups… reminding us to be constantly re-evaluating our game & swag, “don’t assume you know everything your partners want, need, or desire either…!
from The Art of Rejection & Bustin’ a Move, not Your Wad

Safety Card: Tips for Queer + Trans Folks
adapted from ALP, put out by CUAV
A short piece of literature developed specifically for queer & trans people staying safe during pride 2010. However, the suggestions made on this card can be used as a measure of prevention on the regular.