Below are some links to articles, videos and stories that JustPeace staff have enjoyed this week. We hope you enjoy them too!
June 26, 2015
- Restorative Justice Council – A victim’s guide to restorative justice – a new film for victims of crime explaining the different points in the criminal justice system where they can access restorative justice. It also tells them who they can contact if they want to make use of this approach.The film uses animation to simply convey what can be a complicated process, and is aimed at victims who are considering restorative justice but may have questions about what to do next.
- Mikhail Lyubansky – “Seven Roads to Justice for Superheroes and Humans” – Lyubansky examines seven aspects of justice through the lens of his favorite superheroes and determines that while a truly restorative superhero doesn’t exist, it doesn’t mean one can’t be created.
Restorative practices often require community members to hold each other accountable and work together to repair the harm rather than relying on some authority to do it. As such, restorative superheroes are, in a way, an oxymoron because they, by definition, are superior to others and, therefore, usually take on the duties of taking care of people’s conflicts. In the words of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, “With great power there must also come – great responsibility”
- New DVD – Restorative Justice: Changing Hearts and Minds – Recommended new documentary demonstrates how schools, families, and communities in Santa Rosa are benefitting from restorative justice practices. You can view the film and purchase a copy to show at your church. The DVD has Spanish subtitles, comes with a discussion guide.
Filmed over a two-year period, our new half-hour documentary “Restorative Justice: Changing Hearts and Minds“ follows the local restorative justice movement as it takes root in Santa Rosa schools, the Sonoma County judicial and probation system and in the lives of victims, offenders, teachers, students, volunteers and parents.
- Sojourners – A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma – After a handful of traumas int he last five years, Catherine Woodiwiss shares ten important things she’s learned.
Trauma upends everything we took for granted, including things we didn’t know we took for granted. And many of these realities I wish I’d known when I first encountered them.
- EMU – Center for Justice & Peacebuilding: Lasagna Kanneh, a former child soldier in Liberia’s civil war, shares his story to heal – Read the inspiring story of how a former child soldier in Liberia is using his story to help other heal from great harms and trauma.
The answer, Kanneh says, lies within empowering people to find their own solutions. As a peacebuilder, he can facilitate the discussion process; help identify leaders, talents, and gifts; and offer suggestions. However, ultimately everyone must take responsibility for their actions and decisions, he says, with the goal of creating a cohesive and sustainable society.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
- October 28-31st, 2015 – Pathways to Hope: Recovering from the Invisible Wounds of War – Leawood, KS. A project of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School in partnership with the Church of the Resurrection. This conference will educate service providers, medical care-givers, congregations, community and religious leaders, and veterans and their families about the struggles of reintegration into civilian society for those who have served in the military.