Restorative Justice and Racial Justice Event + Peacemaking Training with Kay Pranis

This past Friday we co-organized an event “Building a Restorative Justice

IMG_3820Movement Grounded in Racial Justice” with the Restorative Justice Initiative, the Criminal Justice Caucus at Columbia School of Social Work and the Field Education Department and Student Services at Columbia School of Social Work.  The speakers included Whitney Richards-Calathes, Aisha Norris, Melody Benitez, José Alfaro and Kay Pranis and covered a wide range of questions including using restorative justice processes to talk about race and racism, what is needed to build a movement that embraces an intersectional lens and puts racial justice at the forefront, and what contradictions exist within the restorative justice movement currently.






This weekend we also hosted a 3-day Introduction to Peacemaking Circles with Kay Pranis that included participants from a wide range of organizations including instructors and facilitators in our Rikers Education Program, staff from Center for Court Innovation, Bronx Defenders, Center for Creative Conflict Resolution – Oath, NYC High Schools and more.


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