Posts by Molly Rowan

RJ Center of the NW – Nicholas Bradford

In October of 2013 Nicholas founded the Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest. Through a partnership with Pierce County Center Dispute Resolution we have reached out to local schools in Pierce Co. as well as beginning to support Pierce Co. Juvenile Justice.  We are looking forward to a rich working relationship. Our work is focused on system level change.  We are developing whole school (agency) approaches to dealing with painful conflict.  From preventative community building practices that borrow from circle practice and ropes course type activities.  We have developed tools and approaches to the middle level harm.  These tools are challenging
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Charles Eisenstein

In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world. Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how
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Jeanne Bishop – Change of Heart

Jeanne Bishop experienced the absolute unthinkable. 25 years ago her sister Nancy, brother-in-law Richard and their unborn child were brutally murdered by a then-teenaged boy who had come into a growing life of robbery and crime. She has written an about to be launched book about her journey that led to meeting him in 2013, and the story of Grace and Redemption that illuminates her path.
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From Punitive to Restorative Justice: The Call and Response

This feature piece by Molly Rowan Leach appeared in the KOSMOS Journal Print Edition, Fall/Winter 2013. The edition’s focus was “Cutting Edge Law, Justice, Power and Peace” “Restorative justice is nothing new—global indigenous peoples and those in peripheral societies have practiced it for ages. It is critical to understand the essence of restorative justice as an opportunity for all involved, not as a forced system or means to an end. Understanding this also points to the fact that restorative processes and systems bring an equanimity and power back to the people, to the communities, to those directly affected when conflict
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Kosmos Response to Ferguson: Restorative Justice – The Way Through

by Dorothy J. Maver, Ph.D. As people all over the country take to the streets following the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson, one thing is imminently and painfully clear. There is serious unrest and dissatisfaction at the heart of the US citizenry regarding the very system that was designed to keep people safe and secure. And the USA is not alone. All over the world we are recognizing the need for systemic change as we experience an all-systems crisis. Click Here For Full Article
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Dr. Michael Gilbert, Executive Director of the NACRJ

Interview on December 16, 2014 via our sister Pacifica-affiliate radio show, Community Justice Talks on KHEN LP Salida Michael J. Gilbert, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at San Antonio where he teaches “Drugs, Drug Laws and Crime.” Before joining the university faculty, Dr. Gilbert had over 20 years of experience in corrections and criminal justice. Working with offenders and justice system officials he became aware of the adverse consequences of the “war on drugs”. He began to question the validity, morality, and practicality of drug prohibition. Mike also represents Law Enforcement Against
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Lisa Rea, President of Restorative Justice International

Interview on December 9th, 2014, via our sister Pacifica-affiliate radio show, Community Justice Talks on KHEN LP Salida Lisa Rea has diverse and broad experience in legislative advocacy, public policy development, and grassroots organizing. She is a former legislative staff person to three members of the California Legislature. Lisa has served in the public and private sector as a legislative advocate on a range of subjects including criminal justice reform, healthcare, welfare reform and environmental public policy. She is a restorative justice expert and lecturer with over 20 years’ experience at the state, national and international levels with special expertise
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Reclaiming the Spirit of True Justice for Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and All

By Molly Rowan Leach, Peace Alliance To understand Ferguson and the subsequent Eric Garner and Tamir Rice deaths requires that we see the greater pattern of violence occurring more and more frequently in the United States and honestly evaluate the issues while working towards viable solutions, together.  Of equal importance is that we hold all “sides” of the equation with equal respect while truthfully evaluating what is at the root cause–upholding accountability at the most astute of levels. Headway will not be made out of further polarization nor out of blanket “blaming” statements. Although many reports state that nationally our violent
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Van Jones State Of American Justice

Van Jones is the co-host of Crossfire on CNN, and VanJones.net is his official site and the digital home of the ‪#‎TeamVan‬ community. He is also the President and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Best Sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency
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