Archives for 2013

Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz

Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is the co-director of the Office on Crime and Justice for Mennonite Central Committee. She serves as consultant and trainer for restorative justice programs having a victim offender mediation component. She has worked in the field of victim offender mediation since 1984. She is faculty during the Summer Peacebuilding Institute’s internationally-attended courses annually. She has co-authored a curriculum entitled “Victim Offender Conferencing in Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System”, The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools, and is the author of The Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing. She also co-authored with Howard Zehr, pictured above together and with
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Alan Huffman – Author of HERE I AM

Alan Huffman is the author of Here I Am , a biography of humanitarian, artist, war photographer, and world citizen as well as Co-Director of the Oscar-nominated Restrepo (with author and journalist Sebastian Junger), Tim Hetherington. Huffman’s powerful recounting of Hetherington’s profound life and tragic death is the topic of this evening’s special edition of Restorative Justice on The Rise and we’ll explore this extraordinary man’s philosophies, the book’s journey, Huffman’s insights and unpack some of the difficult questions about our world amidst seemingly endless war and multiple and distinctly coinciding cultural realities. It is an honor to host Mr. Huffman
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Kathy Kelly, Nobel Nominee and Founder, Voices for Creative NonViolence

Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (www.vcnv.org) a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. During each of nine recent trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that “where you stand determines what you see.” They are resolved not to let war sever the bonds of friendship between them and Afghan people whom they’ve grown to know through successive delegations. Kelly and her companions insist that the U.S.
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Sunny Schwartz

Author of Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption and One Woman’s Fight to Restore Justice to All and founder of RSVP (Resolve to Stop the Violence Project) A nationally recognized expert in criminal justice reform with 30 years of frontline experience as a lawyer, advocate and consultant, Sunny Schwartz has spent her career navigating all levels of the system and pioneering new policy initiatives for prisoner’s programs, as well as alternatives to incarceration. She is the author of Dreams from the Monster Factory, Hard cover Published 2009, Paperback version published 2010, which gives a comprehensive insider’s
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Diane Pendola of the LITUPP Prison Project (CA)

Diane Pendola has been a contemplative presence in county jails and prisons since 1986 when she completed her Masters degree in theology. She was deeply influenced by feminist and liberation theologies, with their emphasis on giving voice to the voiceless and bringing the disenfranchised in from the margins to the very center of authentic spiritual life. She also had the great good fortune of being the student of the pre-eminent inter-cultural philosopher, Raimon Panikkar. Through Panikkar she became grounded in a deep respect for dialogue as an open and engaged listening to the perceived “other” as a path to spiritual
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Rep. Pete Lee (D-CO)

The Peace Alliance is mobilizing its statewide networks to support the passage of HB 13-1254, a bill championed by Rep. Pete Lee that will open the channels for the “Restorative Justice Pilot Project”, to be focused on two new RJ programs in the 10th and 19th Judicial Districts in CO, and that will further along the efforts to model a juvenile system in Colorado after the highly successful model in motion for over a decade in New Zealand. Your support and networking of this bill is critical to its passage, as it is up for vote in mid-April. Major support
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Dr. Howard Zehr, Grandfather of the Modern Field of Restorative Justice.

About Dr. Zehr: Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. Zehr continues in this third decade to deepen the principles of restorative justice and grow its practice worldwide. He has led hundreds of events in some 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. His impact has been especially significant in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Ukraine, and New Zealand,
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Evelyn Zellerer, Ph.D of Peace of The Circle and RJ4All

Evelyn Zellerer, Ph.D. criminology, is a facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in restorative justice, peacemaking circles, and conscious governance. Dr. Zellerer is founder and director of Peace of the Circle – an international organization that works with government, justice agencies, businesses, non-profits, schools and communities. Over the past 20 years, Evelyn has taught and led projects in diverse cultural contexts, including the Arctic, southern USA, Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and the former Soviet Union. Evelyn is also a professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is also now a blogger!
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Officer Greg Ruprecht

Officer Greg Ruprecht had initial doubts (Click Here or on above image to view video) about Restorative justice. He had a powerful transformation of his belief in RJ as he watched it in motion within the police department’ systems. We are delighted to host Greg and look forward to exploring his experiences and the statistics he’s seen in motion over the arc of the years LPD has implemented RJ. Watch this poignant interview with him thanks to the Longmont Community Justice Partnership of Longmont, CO. He is a Master Police Officer (MPO) with a municipal Colorado police department, has 11
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Jesse Lava, Campaign Director-Beyond Bars

Jesse conceptualized and runs the Beyond Bars campaign to curb mass incarceration. His work includes strategic planning, producing videos, writing articles, and forging partnerships with groups working to make a positive difference in this field. Previously a political campaign staffer and communications strategist for progressive causes, his work has covered an array of policy areas including climate change, campaign finance, drug treatment, and funding for social services. Jesse was also the founding director of Faithful Democrats, a group that worked to reclaim the national values debate from the Religious Right. He has a master’s in public policy from Harvard and
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