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Restorative justice practitioners, facilitators, public speakers, academic institutions, and others are increasingly incorporating Indigenous land acknowledgments into their practice, processes, and public relations. They often name Indigenous relationships to the land that have long been obscured. They sometimes acknolwedge the historic dispossession and genocide that Indigenous Peoples faced. Rarely do Indigenous land acknowledgments address the ongoing nature of settler colonialism. In this webinar, Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla challenges us to understand settler colonialism as a permanent structure, how land acknowledgments can perpetuate its harms, and how restorative justice practitioners and supporters who are settlers within the structure can move towards AND BEYOND meaningful land acknowledgments.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 12-1:30pm ET
Guest: Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla (Edward C Valandra, Ph.D.)
Host: Tarek Maassarani
This webinar will bring together leaders from around the world who share the vision and experience of building restorative communities. Join us for an opportunity to learn from these experiences and consider the possibilities of a restorative approach across sectors with implications for law, policy and practice in education, justice, child protection, health care, human rights, governance and more. Presenters are each engaged in building restorative communities at national, state/province and city levels with reach and responsibility for social and economic wellbeing. The webinar will be anchored by members of the International Restorative Learning Community who have been leaders in undertaking a restorative approach across sectors and systems to address significant and complex social issues and transformation efforts. The webinar will also include other jurisdictions working towards being restorative. Presenters will share starting points and sticking points and keys to success based on their journeys to being restorative communities.
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 12-1:30pm ET
Guests: Holly Northam (Canberra), Paul Nixon (New Zealand), Ivo Aertsen (Belgium – European Forum for Restorative Cities), Estelle MacDonald (Hull UK). and Saleem Tariq (Leeds)
Host: Jennifer Llewelyn (Nova Scotia)
gkisedtanamoogk (it/thing) is Wampanoag and served on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission - one of the many creative ways it strives to bridge the socio-political polarization of the Indigenous Nations of Turtle Island and the newcomer nation-states of North America. Elaine Enns’ co-wrote Healing Haunted Histories, which recounts how her family endured the Russian Civil War, fled the Soviet aftermath, and settled on indigenous land in the 1920s and urges readers to understand their own family involvement in settler colonialism, Indigenous displacement, and white supremacy. This webinar is an informal conversation between gkisedtanamoogk and Elaine about family and community stories of struggle and resilience and how they live in the land, our blood, and our spiritual and cultural traditions. The conversation will challenge the pervasive narratives of a settler nation that suppress our shared humanity and wellbeing. It will encourage us to find new narratives and belonging within the larger family of things, guided by a fierce hope and determination that humanity return to its true path.
When: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 - 12-1:30pm ET
Guests: gkisedtanamoogk (Mashpee Wampanoag) and Elaine Enns
Host: Tarek Maassarani
Centering victims and survivors of harm is a longstanding principle of restorative justice. What does this mean in the restorative justice movement today? How should we define “victims” and “survivors”? What needs must be addressed? Join us for a critical conversation with the leaders of two RJ-informed initiatives centering survivors of violence who offer fresh […]
This webinar will explore the contested issue of “standards” in restorative justice, using the example of a current initiative in the Canadian province of British Columbia as a basis for group discussion and learning. While some restorative justice advocates urge that standards are essential to maintaining quality practice and securing the confidence of referral agents, […]
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. In June 2015, Dylann Roof, a White Supremacist, shot nine people at Bible Study in Charleston, South Carolina. The Reverend Wallace Adams-Riley later delivered a sermon about his own church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, Va. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities).
Coming to the Table began when two dozen people, African and European descendants from both sides of the system of enslavement in the United States, gathered together at Eastern Mennonite University in January 2006. (This webinar was sponsored by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
This webinar will reflect on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth & Reconciliation Commission, which dealt with a situation where native families “suffered unjustly under racially biased policies designed to disrupt community, disband traditional family structure and solve ‘the Indian problem’ by assimilating native children into white society.” (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
Drawing from both the Transforming Historical Harms manual (Hooker and Potter-Czaijkowski EMU 2012) and the Little Book of Transformative Community Conferencing, Hooker will discuss the role and practices of unveiling hidden narratives that support and sustain conflict, and those that allow conflicting parties to move forward together. (This webinar was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities)
This course has been postponed to late fall (2017) or early winter (2018). Please check back again at that time for ways to register. This six part course is an introduction into restorative justice with an emphasis on its applications in law enforcement. Participants will explore innovative ways to incorporate restorative justice within an agency, […]
“There is no greater power than a community discovering what it cares about. Ask “what’s possible?” not “what’s wrong?” Notice what you care about, be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” –Margaret Wheatley Guest Bio Officer Vanessa Westley is a twenty-five year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.
What is transformative justice? What can restorative justice thinkers, scholars and practitioners learn from the contemporary transformative justice movement? This webinar offers an introduction to transformative justice. It will also highlight leading organizers’ current work to conceptualize transformative justice praxis and create responses to intimate violence.
Many attorneys are seeking ways to implement restorative principles and/or practices within their law practice. Over the past few years, some of these have been gathering to share ideas and support one another -they include a wide range of law practice i.e. criminal defense, prosecution, personal injury, family law, and others.
A girl is sexually abused by her father, and runs away. “Never again!” she yells as she slams the door. Now she’s on her own. Obviously she needs to survive.— But she also needs to heal her wounds and come to terms with the family she left behind. Author Eric Lotke discusses his new novel, […]
Over the past couple of decades we have seen greater cross-fertilization between the realms of restorative justice, restorative theology, and restorative church practices. What might be gained if there were more deliberate efforts to encourage these cross-over conversations? Could theologians of the Christian faith benefit more from having direct knowledge of restorative justice case studies?
The first guiding principal of Restorative Justice states that “Crime is fundamentally a violation of people and interpersonal relationships.” Yet, crime is not always judged as criminal and there can be far-reaching impact. Recent events involving the shootings of unarmed African Americans by police clearly represent a violation far beyond that of the grieving families and their immediate communities.
As practitioners of Restorative Justice we often do not take enough time to reflect on our practice and the learnings we have gleaned from this beautifully healing and hard emotional work. This webinar explores Restorative Justice through the lens of working with men in prison and trauma healing awareness.
The Community Conferencing Center has been providing Restorative Practices in Baltimore for 18 years across many sectors, including: neighborhoods, schools, juvenile justice system, prisons, etc. Founding Director Lauren Abramson will discuss the successes, the challenges, and a vision for moving forward.
Young people most affected by mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline are leading a movement for restorative justice in their schools and communities. In Chicago, Voices for Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE), a collaborative led by students of color, recently won the passage of a school discipline law that requires all Illinois schools to dramatically change their discipline policies.
A main purpose of the reentry circle is to give Individual imprisoned people the opportunity to address their needs for transitioning into the community with the support of their loved ones. They meet in prison with loved ones who they identify and are invited by the facilitator. Often the circle is the first time the imprisoned person has seen some members of their family for months or years.
The Honorable Robert Yazzie is a retired chief Justice of the Navajo Nation. He was the Chief Justice of the Navajo Nation from 1992 through 2003. He practiced law in the Navajo Nation for 16 years, and he was a district judge for eight years.
Our fourth webinar focused on pipelines to prison, what perpetuates those pipelines, and how RJE can begin to disrupt them. It’s been a great series and we’re grateful for our guests who have taught us so much about RJE.
In this webinar, Carl Stauffer, Kathy Evans and Johonna Turner from Eastern Mennonite University, will discuss Restorative Justice in Education and examine the ways in which the implementation of restorative justice in school settings can address racial disproportionality and interrupt the cradle to prison pipeline.
Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison, established educators and researchers, will share with us aspects of relational pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with students, and discussing how RJE helps teachers to do that.
Students from Fairfax County Public Schools Thomas Jefferson High School will present their student led restorative justice program. In September of 2013 the student honor council adopted a restorative justice approach to address academic integrity issues. Students were trained and mentored to facilitate restorative justice circles for cheating, plagiarism and other academic integrity issues.
In this webinar, youth leaders in the program discuss the pitfalls and successes associated with instituting an alternative form of discipline and community building.
C4RJ is a unique community-police nonprofit partnership founded in 2000 and operating in the Greater Boston area. The unique initiative has engendered widespread regional interest; C4RJ now serves 13 police departments and communities with requests for expansion continuing apace.
In this interview-based webinar, Ellen reflects on the theory and practice of restorative justice but also on the case documented in the film.
In this webinar Harley will provide his perspective on restorative justice based on his cultural and personal experience as a practitioner. He will also speak on the impact of unresolved historical trauma and its effects on conflict in indigenous settings as well as what it might mean for Restorative Justice.
This webinar explores the relationship between restorative justice values and the architecture and design of spaces in which justice occurs, including restorative practices.
Najla Mangoush will outline the possibilities for conflict transformation in Libya, by moving beyond state authority for controlling the transition and intervention in the aftermath of mass crimes and integrating restorative justice principles and customary practices.
Carl interviews Lorraine and Howard on their experiences with establishing restorative justice programs. Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is the restorative justice coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Launched in 2008, Fambul Tok provides an innovative example of a community-driven and owned transitional justice process that illustrates the spark of creative genius resulting from the partnership of civil society and local communities that are allowed to dream and act out a better justice for the future – a reconciliatory, healing justice that holds promise for generations to come.
What application does restorative justice have in the highly-charged, adversarial context of death penalty cases? Is it possible to do more to engage the families of homicide victims in these cases and in doing so, to help address their needs? What can and should the defense team do in these situations?
This webinar explores what happens when Restorative Justice goes to prison.
Elaine Zook Barge directs the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program at EMU. She has facilitated trauma trainings throughout the United States as well as Mexico, Haiti, the Sudan, Colombia and Myanmar.
Sujatha Baliga is a lawyer and restorative justice practitioner who facilitated a restorative justice process for a murder covered in The New York Times Magazine. How did this case unfold? What can restorative justice practitioners learn from this pioneering case? What is the relationship between forgiveness and restorative justice? How do we relate to the media on these issues?