the devi co-op (tdc) is a grassroots QTBPOC-led survivor cooperative, designed to incubate radical solutions to end and prevent gender-based violence at its root causes. Cooperative members firmly ground themselves in lenses of transformative justice, abolition feminism, and cooperative labor politics to inform their organizing. The co-op emerged from several intersecting needs to build a Southern liberatory home for survivors of gender-based and state violence. This space is dedicated to organizing for survivor’s rights and implementing healing-focused, community-centered, and consent-based methods to prevent and end gender-based violence.
The hub officially formed December 2020, initially as a dreamscape between co-founders E Lim (they/them) and Jenani Srijeyanthan (they/she/them). In February 2021, TDC secured a fiscal sponsorship with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta, as well as a subject-matter sponsorship from Raksha, Inc. That same month, TDC formally launched its Healing Justice Lab and Survivor Defense Project.
tdc believes in the liberatory promise of transformative justice and abolition feminism. Through the Healing Justice Lab and Survivor Defense Project, we work to disrupt and create alternatives to carceral landscapes as, with, and for Georgia survivors of gender-based violence.
An equitable South where intergenerational community care and transformative justice disrupt and prevent cycles of violence.
Centering QTBIPOC survivors
- Our experiences are not a monolith; we must always organize by centering the experiences of the most marginalized
- Experimenting with and building new futures beyond state and interpersonal violence
Specificity, not Scalability
- There are an expansive number of options that work for a multitude of people; redistribute material resources to prioritize equity between responses
- Everybody deserves to heal; creating opportunities for the complexities of the human experience to be held; deprogramming our reliance on punishment
- Creating and resourcing a sustainable, multigenerational ecosystem to compassionately practice harm reduction, mutual aid, and accountability
- Collaborate lovingly and honestly; prioritize equitable reciprocity, communication, and transparency
- We’re winning if everyone is winning; moving away from neoliberal individualism; solidarity through and between movements