This Restorative Justice Life

This Restorative Justice Life

Conversations and storytelling with Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others about how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives. Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris. Produced by Elyse Martin-Smith.

Episodes

August 10, 2022 87 min

Kathy was the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman for the Department of Juvenile Justice from August 2015 until July 2021. Retired from jobs but not work, Kathy is working with Just Peace, a community restorative justice initiative. Just Peace seeks to spark and broaden Restorative Justice knowledge and experiences throughout Chicago neighborhoods.

Support Kathy and learn about the Just Peace Initiative by reaching out at: aliemah@pb...

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Veronica Agard (she/her) is a writer, educator and connector at the intersections of Black identity, wellness, representation, and culture. She experiments with creative healing modalities and puts theories learned into practice. She curated the Who Heals the Healer series and the conference of the same name and facilitates the Ancestors in Training educational project. Her initiatives are housed in her freelance platform, Vera Ico...

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Join us for the first live taping of This Restorative Justice Life, featuring ideas and discussions from the 2022 NACRJ Conference.

Support Ashley Ellis:
Ashley Shinice Ellis is the co-founder of "The B.R.E.A.T.H.E. Collective" a is a collective of black and brown womyn and girls committed to developing sacred connections and curating sacred space that allow us to Balance, Restore, Empower, Affirm, Transform, Heal, & Embo...

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Joe has been the victim of two separate violent anti-gay hate crimes and what began as a personal healing response to the trauma, he has transformed into professional involvement in the field of community and restorative justice. Since 2010, Joe has actively helped schools implement peer mediation programs and school-wide restorative practices. As a private consultant beginning in 2015, Joe has designed a trauma-informed approach o...

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Jill Strauss, PhD, teaches Conflict Resolution and Communications in the Speech, Communications and Theater Arts Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). Her research involves Restorative Practices and the visual interpretation of narrative and difficult histories.

Jill is co-editor of Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation (Rutgers University Press 2019) along with other articles and b...

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Daniel is director of the undergraduate Social Work program at UNC-Greensboro. He received his PhD in Educational Leadership with a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from the UNC-Greensboro in 2008.

In the Pedagogy of Cirlces, Daniel breaks down tangible ways to bring RJ circles into teaching social work and more!

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Dr. Carl Stauffer is a senior expert on reconciliation for the U.S. Institute of Peace with 30 years of experience in 37 countries as both a practitioner and academic. His previous work has included:

  • directing the Zehr Institute of Restorative Justice at the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
  • serving 16 years in South Africa as program director of the Africa Peacebuilding Institute and education an...
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    Ted Lewis is a Restorative Justice trainer and consultant with the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota.

    Contact, Learn More, Support Ted!
    Website: Restorativechurch.org
    Projects: Support the Center for  Restorative Justice and Peacemaking Fund at University of Minnesota Duluth

    Other plug Get your copy of “Listening to the Movement”
    https://wipfandstock.com/9781532647413/listening-to-the-moveme...

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    Mia Mingus is a writer, educator and trainer for transformative justice and disability justice. She is a queer disabled Korean transracial and transnational adoptee raised in the Caribbean. She works for community, interdependence and home for all of us, not just some of us, and longs for a world where disabled children can live free of violence, with dignity and love.

    You will meet Mia (0:55). Mia defines transformative justice in ...

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    Elena’s work includes creating programs, research, and events that promote socially just solutions to public safety problems. She partners with community members and agencies, law enforcement, detention facility staff and inmates, as well as universities and government in an effort to implement socially just policies and practices that are beneficial to all.

    You will meet Elena (0:55), learn about the science of restorative justice ...

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    Marlon J. Chamberlain is an advocate for people directly impacted by the justice system. Marlon brings over 20 years of lived and professional experience to his work at Heart Alliance.

    Marlon has an established track record of creating effective coalitions. Previously, he served as the Englewood Project Manager with the READI Chicago Program at Heartland Alliance. Prior to that, he was a Community Organizer with the FORCE (Fighting ...

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    Joel Friesz was introduced to the field of restorative justice in 2005 and felt an immediate connection. His introduction was by way of his role as a part-time restorative conferencing facilitator serving victims of crime and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. He currently serves as the Executive Director of NACRJ.

    In this episode, Joel shares his ideas for creating a more peaceful and accepting world.

    Sign up for the con...

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    Vanessa McNorton grew up and continues to live on the south side of Chicago in the Historic Bronzeville community. Vanessa is deeply committed to working with the community, intergenerationally, to be in the right relationship wherever and whenever called. 

    You will meet Vanessa (6:31), hear some anecdotes about her time in schools (15:21), and her experiences with circle processes that span intergenerational lines (32:34). Finally,...

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    Jennifer Viets (she/her/hers) is a Restorative Justice practitioner both in community and in Chicago Public Schools. With an emphasis on using the arts to “reach, teach, and heal,” she has worked as a multi-disciplinary teaching artist and arts administrator for children and families for the past 30 years.

    You will meet Jenny (0:55), hear about her connections to the arts (3:43). She shares restorative strategies to invite people in...

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    Originally from the Bay Area, Trisa Edmonson is an educator, artist, advocate, and change maker. Her background is largely focused on young adults with carceral involvement. 

    You will meet Trisa (0:55), hear about her life's work in education and justice (13:20),  the importance of meeting people where they're at (20:40), exploring the impact and conflict among young people (35:20). Finally, she answers the closing questions...

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    Dorothy is an artist, quilter, activist, and restorative justice practitioner based in Chicago. Among many other things, Dorothy received a 2017 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist fellowship and is an Envisioning Justice Commissioned Artist.

    You will meet Dorothy (0:55), hear about how she got started in this work (5:00) in public service to her roles in teaching (20:45). She then talks about policing (26:28), her por...

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    Valerie Luna Serrels is a weaver and synthesizer, a mother and mystic. She is also an author of the chapter Radical Relationalism: Restorative Justice with the Earth. She weaves together her background in conflict transformation and restorative justice with Celtic spirituality

    This episode comes just in time to honor Earth day. Valerie discusses the connections to restorative justice from birth and the importance of zooming out to s...

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    Before we FULLY jump back into new episodes, we're sharing this community conversation with Alisha Maynoush Mernick (PLUS a special guest)! 

    How does your classroom culture inadvertently reflect and reinforce the values and practices of White Supremacy Culture? How can you disrupt these systems through your practices?

    As an artist, educator, activist, organizer, mom, Persian Sufi, Alisha  has built on the work of Tema Okun & ...

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    While David's on a paternity break we're re-running one of our favorite episodes!

    Derek Brown is a lifelong North Lawndale Resident who among so many other things is an ex-offender trying to prevent the next offender. He and his family run a Restorative Justice infused Boxing program and he’s connected with so many other community initiatives.

    Support Derek’s work:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boxingoutnegativity/
    Websi...

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    We're on a brief hiatus as I (David) navigate the world as a new parent! New episodes will be dropping in late April.

    But I ALSO wanted to share about our new community Mighty Networks. Join us at amplifyrj.mn.co! It's a community membership platform that will allows  us to share even more content and experiences.
     
    You'll get FREE access to:
    - Our mini-course: "Restorative Justice, What's That?"
    - Monthly All C...

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