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Six Boys, One Cop, and The Road to Restorative Justice

New anthology coming out in October! Designed for introductory courses, Current Debates in Peace and Conflict Studies presents fifty readings drawn from major publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Science, and The Washington Post. Addressing theoretical, methodological, and practical issues, the selections include scholarly readings that introduce students to key debates in the field along with more informal readings that help students to engage with the material and see how it relates to their daily lives.
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Rita Marie Johnson: From Confusion to Connection, and from Conflict to Mutually Met Needs

Key Themes from Dialogue: How the Connection Practice works, stories from the field, scalability and fears, racial and ideological strife, working with children Rita Marie Johnson shares how the Connection Practice supports restorative justice practices and conflict resolution by creating safe spaces for uncovering the root of why harms are done, and helping all involved to find connection points via empathy, insight, and coherence. She draws on her depth of experience in a lifetime dedicated to peacebuilding.Rita Marie Johnson is creator of the Connection Practice. She is founder and CEO of Rasur Foundation International, which sponsors the Connection Practice. In
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Anita Wadhwa: How Schools, and Our Lives, Can Become Liberating Places

Anita Wadhwa is the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Yes Prep Northbrook High School and CFO of Restorative Empowerment for Youth, a consultancy which conducts restorative justice trainings co-facilitated by young people. She also founded the Restorative Justice Collaborative of Houston. Her book, Restorative Justice in Urban Schools: Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline, analyzes the school to prison pipeline in a historical context, and explores how restorative justice – coupled with critical pedagogy focused on the political, social and economic structures that contribute to students’ schooling experiences – can transform relationships and create space for increased student engagement and political
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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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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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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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