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Harm Free Zone Movement

The Harm Free Zone (HFZ) Movement, led by Spirithouse, Inc., supports a community-centered vision that helps us repair the damage of racism and oppression of poor people of color by providing tools and trainings to both develop our capacity to confront and transform harm.

SpiritHouse Inc

A North Carolina based multigenerational Black women-led cultural Arts and organizing tribe, and recipients of the prestigious Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship leads the Harm Free Zone Movement. The notoriety of this fellowship has catapulted SpiritHouse into national prominence and has placed their visionary leadership at the forefront of catalytic social movements.

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Forward Justice works with and supports SpiritHouse in strategic thinking and development of creative strategies to infuse and develop Harm Free Zone principals in policy, advocacy, and organizing tactics.

For instance, SpiritHouse, Forward Justice, and Durham for All co-developed the Transformative Justice League. A visionary and novel collaboration centered in Harm Free Zone principals that supported a team of formerly incarcerated people or justice involved leaders who would assist in shaping the development of a ‘First 100 Days’ plan with the recently elected Durham District Attorney and Sheriff. This pilot program will set the stage for a scalable and replicable model of what we now term as a co-governance model for community collaboration and accountability. 

Spirithouse members

Spirithouse’s work through the Harm Free Zone transforms communities locally, regionally, and nationally through a culturally relevant and responsive approach. To create more equitable communities, they work with these partners:

  • All of Us Or None NC (AOUONNC)
  • Center for Participatory Change (CPC)
  • NC Black Women’s Roundtable (NCBWR)
  • Southern Movement Assembly (SMA)
  • Alternate Roots
  • Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
  • Mojoaa Performing Arts Company

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