Glenn Aparicio-Parry on “Original Justice”

When we talk about justice, or restorative justice, we almost always in some form or another refer to those that came before--whether peoples, tribes, traditions, cultures. We also have an inherent sense of justice that could be termed "original". In this hour live dialogue we'll share with Glenn about these concepts and more, and hear from him about his deep dig into the roots and origins of justice, dialogue and unified thinking and how they support the foundation of restorative practices--or any particular movement towards peace, healing and understanding ourselves and the precious world we all share. -Molly Rowan Leach

Glenn Aparicio Parry, PhD, is a writer, psychologist, educator, and entrepreneur, is the founder and past president of the SEED Institute based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Parry earned his doctoral degree in Humanities with a concentration in Transformative Learning from the California Institute of Integral Studies as part of his life-long passion to reform education into a coherent, cohesive whole.

He organized and participated in the groundbreaking Language of Spirit Conferences from 1999-2011, which have brought together Native and Western scientists in dialogue, moderated by Leroy Little Bear.

Parry is the author of the forthcoming book

Original Thinking: A Radical ReVisioning of Thought, Time, Humanity, and Nature.

Other Media featuring Bryan:
Bill Moyers Interview (Moyers and Company)
Rachel Maddow Show (On Atty General Eric Holder & mass incarceration)
TED Talk

Bryan A. Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a professor at New York University School of Law. He has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Stevenson has assisted in securing relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, advocated for poor people and developed community-based reform litigation aimed at improving the administration of criminal justice.

A graduate of Eastern College (now Eastern University), Harvard Law School (J.D.), and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he has won the American Bar Association's Wisdom Award for public service, the ACLU's National Medal of Liberty (1991), a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award, the Reebok Human Rights Award (1989), the Thurgood Marshall Medal of Justice (1993), the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award (2000), the Olof Palme Prize (2000), Stanford Law School's National Public Service Award (2010),[1] and the National Association of Public Interest Lawyers named him the Public Interest Lawyer of the Year (1996).

He has received honorary degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and Georgetown University Law School. In addition to directing the Equal Justice Initiative, he has been a visiting professor of law at the University of Michigan School of Law and lecturer at Harvard and Yale Law Schools.

He is a co-recipient of the 2009 Gruber Prize for Justice. The Gruber Foundation Justice Prize is presented to individuals or organizations for contributions that have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system. The award is intended to acknowledge individual efforts, as well as to encourage further advancements in the field and progress toward bringing about a fundamentally just world. In 2010, the NAACP honored Stevenson by awarding him the William Robert Ming Advocacy Award for the spirit of financial and personal sacrifice displayed in his legal work.[2]

He spoke at TED2012 in Long Beach, California, and received the strongest standing ovation ever seen at TED.[3] Following his presentation, over $1 million was raised by attendees to fund a campaign run by Stevenson to end the practice of putting children in adult jails and prisons. [4]

Oscar Reed and Jamie Williams from The Restorative Way and Minneapolis Public Schools Contractors/Facilitators

Oscar Reed and Jamie Williams, MA, are Restorative Justice / Practices / Measures consultants with more than 50 years of experience between them working with young people in a variety of school and community settings. They have been trainers, classroom mentors and Circle Keepers for the Minneapolis public schools, suburban districts, charter schools, alternative learning centers, the University of Minnesota Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking (Dr. Mark Umbreit), school districts across the country, HennepinCounty, RamseyCounty, Amicus, the Minnesota Department of Corrections and many other organizations.

Their organization is called The Restorative Way...whose mission is to enhance and expand opportunities to help create restorative cultures in schools, communities, businesses, correctional systems, families and faith based organizations. It is also to create opportunities for people to make positive healing connections.

Oscar is currently the Multi-Cultural Director at St. Louis Park High School. His "Boys to Men" Circle has been in existence over 8 years. Oscar's mission is "to help save our children one child at a time" Oscar is a former Minnesota Viking who played with as much passion as he now serves people with.

Jamie is currently the Restorative Justice Coordinator for Bayfield School in northern Wisconsin and a support to Project Launch at Red Cliff Early Childhood Center. When Jamie heard the definition of a "calling" by F. Buechner "When a deep gladness in your heart meets a deep hunger in the world," she knew she was "called" to keeping the Circle strong and present in schools and communities. Jamie's Masters Degree is in Restorative Justice.

Nancy Riestenberg has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of violence prevention education, child sexual abuse prevention and restorative measures in schools. She has worked with school districts in Minnesota and 20 other states, and speaks nationally on restorative measures at conferences and through trainings. She provides technical assistance on violence and bullying prevention, school connectedness, school climate, disproportionate minority representation in suspensions and expulsions dropout prevention, cultural relevance of prevention education, crisis prevention and recovery and restorative measures.

Nancy was a member of the design team for the National Institute of Corrections' restorative conferencing curriculum, Facilitating Restorative Group Conferences. She presented at the Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools Seminar at the University of Edinburgh.

Prior to coming to the Minnesota Department of Education, Nancy worked for twelve years with the Illusion Theater's Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, which created and toured educational plays on child sexual abuse, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS prevention education. She coordinated the adaptation of Touch, the child sexual abuse prevention play, for the Red Lake People, and trained high school students in twenty different school districts in eight states to present social issue prevention plays to their peers.

Nancy is author of Circle in The Square, a bestselling book published by Living Justice Press. She writes warmly and with long experience about the challenges facing school communities and how restorative measures¬ specifically Circles¬ create a safer space for learning and development for all. Using stories direct from the hallways, she brings heart to subjects that are often divisive and controversial: bullying and other violence, suspension, drug use, staff conflicts, and more. Throughout the book, Nancy s focus is on strategies that actually work for the whole school community: students, parents, administrators, teachers, and the community in which they live.

Author of Peacemaking Circles and Urban Youth and Heart of Hope

Carolyn Boyes-Watson is the founding director of Suffolk University's Center for Restorative Justice and an associate professor of sociology at Suffolk University. Professor Boyes-Watson has been on the faculty since 1993. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

She is the author of Peacemaking Circles for Urban Youth and Co-Author with Kay Pranis of Heart of Hope: A Guide for Using Peacemaking Circles to Develop Emotional Literacy, Promote Healing, and Build Healthy Relationships

With Special Guest Teya Sepinuck, Founder of Theater of Witness

Teya Sepinuck is the founder and director of Theater of Witness, a model of performance that gives voice to those who have been marginalized, forgotten or are invisible in society. For the past 25 years, she has been creating and producing Theater of Witness projects with prisoners and their families, survivors and perpetrators of abuse, refugees, immigrants, elders and those who have lived through war.

Her work has taken her to Poland and Northern Ireland where she just completed her third production at The Playhouse in Derry /Londonderry creating original Theatre of Witness with ex-combatants, members of the security forces, survivors, witnesses and those living with the intergenerational legacy of the Troubles.

Teya, who has a Masters Degree in Community Counseling was an adjunct faculty in dance at Swarthmore College from 1974 to 1991. She is the recipient of Philadelphia Human Rights Award for Arts and Culture from the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, a Local Hero Award from Bank of America, as well as Cultural Arts Award from Womens Way and the Mayors Commission on Women. She has a long time meditation practice which informs all of her work and life. Her new book "Theatre of Witness - Finding the Medicine in Stories of Suffering, Transformation and Peace (Buy at amazon) is published by Jessica Kingsley Press and launched in January 2013.

With Special Guest Brenda Morrison of Simon Fraser University

Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. She is a social psychologist with field experience in outdoor education, government administration and restorative justice. Her teaching and research interests include transformative and restorative justice, responsive regulation, school violence and safety, conflict and cooperation, shame-management and social identity, the self and self-interest.

Dr. Morrison has presented papers at UNESCO, in Paris, and the House of Lords, in London. She is a member of a number of editorial boards, including the recently launched Restorative Justice: An International Journal. In Europe, she is on the advisory board of Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering Professionals. Nationally, she is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network) and a reconciliation ambassador for Reconciliation Canada. In British Columbia, she is a member of the working group for Social Responsibility and Collaborative Learning in Education, and on the advisory board for the B.C. Victims of Homicide Support Initiative. She is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society and an associate board member of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice.

With Special Guest Fania Davis and a Youth Representative from RJOY

This podcast archive features a snapshot into one of the successfully and longer-running programs in restorative justice. Particularly inspiring and informative, Fania and Destiny Shabazz share how the programs work in Oakland and beyond. This podcast can be used as a great tool for educators, principals and school officials, law enforcement and many others.

This podcast archive features a snapshot into one of the successfully and longer-running programs in restorative justice. Particularly inspiring and informative, Fania and Destiny Shabazz share how the programs work in Oakland and beyond. This podcast can be used as a great tool for educators, principals and school officials, law enforcement and many others.

Fania Davis is Co-Founder and Executive Director of RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth)

Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California , Berkeley in 1979, Fania practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer.

During the mid 1990's, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa . Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2003, Fania has been engaged in a search for healing alternatives to adversarial justice. She has taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco 's New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite University 's Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She writes and speaks on these subjects.

The search for a healing justice also led Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland . A founder and currently Director of RJOY, Fania also serves as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She recently received the Ubuntu award for service to humanity. Fania's research interests include exploring the indigenous roots, particlarly the African indigenous roots, of restorative justice. Fania is also a mother of two children, a dancer, and practitioner of yoga.

With Special Guest Dr. Sandra Pavelka

Sandra Pavelka, Ph.D., serves as founding Director of the Institute for Youth and Justice Studies and Associate Professor of Public Affairs at Florida Gulf Coast University. Dr. Pavelka previously served as the Project Administrator of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. She also was Senior Research Associate with the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Pavelka serves as Editor for the International Journal of Restorative Justice and holds a number of leadership positions on local and state boards. Dr. Pavelka received her Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specialization in Justice Policy from Florida Atlantic University. Her dissertation, Practice to Policy to Management: A Restorative Justice Framework, focused on system reform and policy implementation of restorative justice nationally. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Florida International University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Pavelka's research interests include: community and restorative justice, juvenile justice, public policy and program evaluation.

Special Guests Dominic Barter and Sissi Mazzetti of Restorative Circles

Dominic Barter is the founder of Restorative Circles, a specific restorative practice whose development began with his work in Rio de Janeiro in the mid 1990s and continues with a growing community both in Brazil and internationally.

Sissi Mazzetti and Dominic have worked together over many years in supporting the facilitation and setup of these processes.

We explored ways in which Restorative practices are collaborating with systems in education and law enforcement on a global scale, as Dominic and Sissi have been deeply involved in collaboratives with Rio's Educational systems and schools as well as other bridge-building projects and services.

Restorative Justice on the Rise

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