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.



STOP has had opportunity to partner with and work collaboratively with amazing organizations throughout the country.  We encourage you to learn about these organizations and to support their important work.

DataCenter (Oakland, CA)
DataCenter is a national research, training, and strategy center that works in partnership with poor and working class communities of color organizing for social justice. DataCenter is the community research partner for the StoryTelling & Organizing Project.

Asian Women’s Shelter (San Francisco, CA)
The mission of the Asian Women’s Shelter is to eliminate domestic violence by promoting the social, economic, and political self-determination of women. AWS is committed to every person’s right to live in a violence-free home. It specifically addresses the cultural and language needs of immigrant, refugee, and U.S.-born Asian women and their children. AWS’s perspective is reflected in the agency’s broad strategy, which integrates culturally knowledgeable and language-accessible shelter services, educational programs, and community-based initiatives and advocacy.

INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing.

Community United Against Violence (San Francisco, CA)
CUAV is the nation’s first LGBTQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) anti-violence organization that works to build our communities’ capacity to respond to, heal from, and prevent all forms of violence. CUAV attempts to prevent and respond to violence against and within diverse LGBTQQ communities through peer-based counseling, direct assistance, education and outreach, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.

Critical Resistance (Los Angeles & Oakland, CA)
Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the Prison Industrial Complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes communities safe.  CR believes that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really makes communities secure. As such, CR’s work is part of global struggles against inequality and powerlessness.

Harm Free Zone Organizing Committee (Durham, NC)
The purpose of the HFZ is to reduce our community’s reliance on police and prisons as a solution to social, economic, and political problems. The project will offer tools such as trainings, dialogue, and other materials that can help strengthen a community’s response to conflict and violence.

Shimtuh (Oakland, CA)
Shimtuh (literally, “resting place” in Korean) is the first Korean domestic violence program in the Bay Area. It is a joint project of the Asian Women’s Shelter and the Korean Community Center of East Bay.

Eastside Arts Alliance (Oakland, CA)
Eastside Arts Alliance is a community cultural arts center that serves as a unifying, neighborhood gathering place to house the organization’s on-going activities and other cultural events initiated by residents and local artists. Nurturing an organization of artists, cultural workers, & community organizers of color who live and/or work in the San Antonio district of Oakland, ESAA uses the voice of art and culture to nurture a genuinely multi-cultural community that benefits all people in our neighborhood of San Antonio (& other districts of Oakland) and provides creative opportunities for youth and adults to share their own cultural traditions and innovations, through the hosting of community workshops, events, and festivals at which individuals learn to use the arts as a way to identify and express their views on issues which affect their lives, as well as the life and health of the community they live in. ESAA promotes community sustainability for future generations through self-determination, political and cultural awareness, and leadership development.

Visions to Peace Project (Washington, DC)
The Visions to Peace Project supports youth, communities and organizations in building safety and peace through creative community action, rather than dependence on policing, prisons, and punitive policies. We are committed to building a broad vision and movement for safety, justice and freedom – the building blocks of peace – through the use of arts, media, education, and organizing.

Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP) (Chicago, IL)
YWEP is a community-based, youth led organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing by and for girls and young women (ages 12-23) impacted by the sex trade and street economies. Run by girls and women with life experience in the sex trade and street economies, YWEP offers safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires.

Challenging Male Supremacy Collective (New York, NY)
The Challenging Male Supremacy Collective believes male supremacy is a system causing a great deal of violence and harm not only in the world at large, but also within our own radical and Left movements, placing even more obstacles in our collective path to social transformation. However, demonization, isolation, retaliatory violence or state intervention not only lead to partial or ineffective solutions, but ultimately can be destructive for all those scapegoated and targeted by the prison industrial complex. CMS collective is made up individuals who are committed to the learning & unlearning of such violent systems in place; while simultaneously, facilitating or supporting news processes of accountability.

Secret Survivors (New York, NY)
Secret Survivors is a new work in the Undesirable Elements series, a project of Ping Chong & Company. Conceived by anti-violence activist, educator, & incest survivor, Amita Swadhin, the project currently features 5 survivors sharing their personal experiences on stage world wide. Secret Survivors seeks to use direct personal narrative to show that this violence is epidemic, to represent the diverse ways this violence occurs, and grapple with the many reasons that most survivors remain silent.

Southern California Library (Los Angeles, CA)
SCL is a people’s library based in the city of Los Angeles, dedicated to documenting and preserving the histories of communities in struggle for justice and using our collections to address the challenges of the present so that all people have the ability, resources, and freedom to make their own histories.

Audre Lorde Project (Safe OUTside the System) (New York, NY)
The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, they work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. Committed to struggling across differences, they seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve their various communities.

The Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective is an anti-violence program led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color. We are devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies rather than relying on the police.

Centre for the Human Rights of Imprisoned People (Melbourne, Australia)
CHRIP is a project of Flat Out, a support service for women exiting prison, or who have had contact with the criminal justice system.  CHRIP is led by imprisoned people, formerly imprisoned people and their families, with support from allies with a focus on establishing an autonomous and self-sufficient Prisoners Legal Service Partnership across Victoria with services operating out of Community Legal Centers in Victoria’s East, North, West and metropolitan-Melbourne. CHRIP works towards defining and articulating the needs for access to justice and human rights, while doing systemic work around decarceration, including government submissions, media, policy work, community education, and campaigning.

Intervention Rollback Action Group (Alice Springs, Australia)
IRAG is based in Mparntwe-Alice Springs (Australia) and made up of a group of volunteers (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people) working with people from areas prescribed under the Northern Territory Emergency Response Legislation to help them understand the NTER legislation, how it impacts on their rights (particularly now that the Australia Government supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) and assisting them in dealing with the impacts of the Intervention.  

IRAG networks with other support groups around the country and together consistently works to increase Aboriginal involvement and to increase awareness throughout the wider community of the true impacts of the racist intervention around indigenous rights.