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The Justice Fleet 2.0

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Hi! My name is Amber Johnson and I am a communication and social justice scholar, artist and activist. My work focuses on the “social” aspects of social justice, or the “things” we do with others in dialogue, performance, and community to create a better society.

​The Justice Fleet is my most ambitious project to date. In 2017, we set out to build three mobile museums: Radical Forgiveness, Radical Imagination and Transfuturism. Now, we are angling to build our first permanent exhibit, A Grief Garden, and create a foundation arm of The Justice Fleet that will bring the research resources of higher education into communities without the gate keepers to help communities understand their own needs and build solutions rooted in healing justice from their own, expert perspectives. We call this "Lived expertise." To accomplish this, The Justice Fleet needs to apply for 501(c)3 status and generate an operating fund to build a team of professionals.

So how did this idea come into being?
It started with The Forgiveness Quilt. I noticed that when I introduced my students to systemic oppression and social injustice, they froze with guilt and the desire to make a difference, but not knowing where to start. I couldn’t allow them to rest in that space, so I created an activity to teach them how to re-process their feelings through radical forgiveness. I chose forgiveness with intention. I remembered being an undergraduate and learning about social injustice and identity management. It was in the classroom that I first wrestled with what it means to forgive myself and others. It only seemed appropriate to begin where my journey as a professor started.
The Forgiveness Quilt activity served as a point of departure from guilt into activism for myself and many of the students. After having done the Forgiveness Quilt activity for several years, I thought to myself, this is powerfully healing. How can I take this off campus and into communities?

The simple answer, make it mobile!
Practice Radical Inclusion!

My university gifted me a truck, I applied for and received several grants, and production on the Radical Forgiveness mobile museum began.

Even though the Radical Forgiveness truck was in production, I couldn’t stop fantasizing about possibility! I began dreaming of developing other museums based off my research and teaching. I asked myself, what else does the world need? How are we going to fix our societies? I started thinking about imagination and what it means to create the world we want to live in. I started thinking about my own childhood and what it means to grow up as a young Black girl in the United States. I started thinking about gender identity and how we must begin learning how to see transgender and gender nonconforming people with more complexity so they too may experience love, safety, and the ability to thrive.

The vision was alive, and The Justice Fleet idea was born!

The Justice Fleet is a group of themed social justice mobile museums housed inside of a box truck that ventures into different communities to bring people together for community engagement, community healing, and community education through art activism, dialogue, and play. Each mobile museum has its own theme and community arts project.

The Radical Forgiveness exhibit focuses on using forgiveness to heal. Community members learn about the process of radical forgiveness and then participate in the creation of a Forgiveness Quilt. While painting on canvases and witnessing other people’s process of forgiveness on their own canvases, we engage in dialogue about what it means to let go of resentment and bias and see each other in more complex ways. The forgiveness quilts become a part of the exhibit display and encourage more dialogue around the truck’s theme.

The Radical Imagination exhibit is a maker space that focuses on using our imagination to think critically about the societies we live in and how to make them more just. Participants are asked to play with toys and craft supplies in small groups to build a community or organization where liberation and freedom from oppression are possible. After they build, we come together as a large group, talk about the societal structures they build, how those structure challenge or perpetuate social problems, and ways we can begin implementing their ideas to change our current communities now.

The final exhibit, Transfuturism, is a visual research project that asks people to think about gender binaries, gender justice, and what it means to transcend gender oppression. Participants learn about the differences between gender identity, gender expression, gender attraction, and sexuality through an interactive exhibit and dialogue around issues affecting transgender and gender non-conforming people. The goals of this project are to humanize trans and gender non-conforming bodies through art activism and dialogue, and inspire healing in communities that are transphobic and exclusive.

For more information about each exhibit, the project goals, learning outcomes, or my story, please feel free to visit our website, www.thejusticefleet.com.
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Berkeley, CA

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