Accountability refers both to the maintaining of mutual responsibility in regards to owning ones privilege and actions/inactions which serve to maintain systems of oppression and to the development of community-based responses to violence outside of the carceral state system. In developing a culture of resistance to violence and oppression, it is important to both foster accountability in our relationships by naming privilege, 'calling out' language or actions which support systems of oppression, and to create community-based alternative models of addressing violence outside of the violent police & prison based strategies that pervade the judicial system. Accountability, then, is about both the personal commitment to naming and addressing violence and oppression on a relational scale and the larger question of developing processes within communities to deal with abuse and oppression in ways that operate outside of the violent systems of criminal (in)justice that are of themselves abusive and oppressive.
CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective. "Accounting for Ourselves"http://www.crimethinc.com/blog/2013/04/17/accounting-for-ourselves/ The CrimethInc. Ex-Workers' Collective addresses the issue of sexual assault and abuse that continue to plague anarchist circles and spaces and have been addressed through processes to hold each other accountable outside of the state. CWC asks about these community accountability processes "but why can’t we seem to get them right?" This essay examines the context in which these community accountability models emerged and analyzes the pitfalls we’ve encountered in trying to apply them. To move beyond the impasse around sexual violence within our scenes, we need to challenge the idea of community itself and take our resistance in new directions. This essay is not intended as an accessible introduction to community accountability processes, but is rather an in-depth analysis that assumes some knowledge of what community accountability is and how it works.