Just like trees🌳, the roots of violence go much deeper beyond what we can see at first glance. Violence doesn’t just happen randomly – it’s the product of cultural and historical “roots” that make violence seem normal, as well as a societal “trunk” that gives violence structure and support. This is how the “leaves” of violence grow 🌱 But can we imagine what that tree would look like if we put equality and respect into our soil and roots instead of power and control? The more we learn about and unpack the roots of the Tree of Violence, the closer we are to growing the Tree of Life – our vision of a world that grows from a society and culture where equality and respect is the norm. Fill in the blanks on the Tree of Life to show us what your vision for a world free from violence looks like! Image Description: The title “Are We Growing a Tree of Violence or Life?” is above the outline of a tree with a background of an orange to teal gradient. The different parts of the tree are labeled with: “Soil + Roots: the social norms that keep the tree alive”, “Trunk: brings the nutrients from the soil and roots to the branches” and “Leaves: the most visible part of the tree; they grow from the support of the soil, roots, and trunk”. To the left of the tree are examples of what a tree of violence could look like: Soil + Roots: “Oppression, Control, Racism, Sexism, Classism, Homophobia, Transphobia”, Trunk: “Capitalism, Colonization, Imperialism, White Supremacy, Heteronormativity”, Leaves: “Relationship Violence, Discriminatory Policy, Mass Incarceration, Sexual Violence, Wealth Gap, Hate Crime”. To the right of the tree are examples of what a tree of life could look like: Soil + Roots: “Respect, Equality, Freedom, Equity, Liberation”, Trunk: “Community Care, Transformative Justice”, Leaves: “Healthy Relationships, Basic Needs Are Met, Physical Safety, Equal Pay”. After each list, there are blank lines for others to fill in with their own ideas.