Van Jones has long been a proponent of restorative justice and decarceration. RJ on The Rise interviewed him a few years ago about Cut50, a project focusing on reducing mass incarceration in the US. He is now spearheading a massive project that you'll want to check out: The REFORM Alliance. Thank you Van for your voice and efforts. Your work inspired a recycled glassware re-entry program in Ada County, Idaho, that we had the honor of helping found with the IDOC, DOL, and many others, to provide female inmates a chance at job skills training, mindfulness, and to recycle used glass into fantastic glassware that was sold and used in Boise, Idaho's finest eateries. --Molly Rowan Leach, Host & Founder-Restorative Justice on The Rise
Mariah Lucas' mother was murdered by Jason Clark. Their story was the focus of the Premiere Episode on April 28th--and they joined us for an initial discussion April 30th, & we're scheduling a second discussion TBA
With incredible access to the US prison system, Van Jones takes viewers into the room as offenders come face-to-face with those impacted by their violent crimes as part of the restorative justice process.
Martina Lutz Schneider
Healing Dialogue & Action
River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding
Director of the Restorative Justice Project
LAUNCHING IN JUNE 2019, I Give You The Springtime of My Blushing Heart: A Poetic Love Song a book that she and her beloved late husband Dedan Gills envisioned and worked on even as he entered Zen Hospice in San Francisco, where he took his final breath, in December 2015.
In reflecting on Springtime..., Danny Glover has said, "This beautiful and engaging love story by two friends and life-long human rights and social justice activists models what love can be in these times. Dedan's poetic vision, ranging from the personal to the cosmic, enriches us all."
Belvie is also a contributor to a book about to launch from Inner Pathways Publishing: The Power of Love: A Transformed Heart Changes The World, Compiled by Dr. Fran Grace based on a journey inspired by Dr. David Hawkins, in which she co-authored the essay, “Love and The Healing of Societal Wounds”, with Dedan.
It is well on its way to becoming a textbook on global ethics, launched at the Parliament of World Religions in November 2018. In addition, Grandmother Mona Polacca and The Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmother's essay appears in the same anthology. Grandmother Mona and Belvie are both presenters and mentor faculty for The Connection Series, a yearlong mentorship opportunity with global experts in Restorative Justice offered by RJ on The Rise.
Belvie was the host of the ConverZations That Matter Series for the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), inspired and supported by then- President James O'Dea. The Series included Van Jones and other visionary thought leaders and activists ranging from Julia "Butterfly" Hill, cosmologist Brian Swimme, Riane Eisler and scientist Erich Jarvis to theologian Barbara Holmes, Carl Anthony, Insight Meditation Ruth King, astronaut Edgar Mitchell (the 6th man to walk on the moon), Mary Evelyn Tucker and others. The weaving of those dialogues and conversations is the subject of the book that Belvie is currently working on.
As a result of her life experiences, a framing question arose: how can one’s personal struggle with injustice across the board be transformed to service, to give back to the countless millions who suffer each day?
Molly recognized that victims voices are excluded from process, and that offenders are especially treated inhumanely, often forced to re-live their crime endlessly. The lack of any form of say from any stakeholder in the criminal justice system keeps people separate and uninvolved in outcomes, while in fact millions of lives are destroyed needlessly.
The US incarcerates 25% of the worlds prisoners, while comprising 5% of total global population. Within that statistic is also the fact that the system oppresses black men, and the mentally ill, at rates that are astoundingly clear: criminal justice is not about healing or equality--it has been about denying those who are our most meek, or those who this culture deems undeserving or dangerous. Molly's work aims to make real the tough issues we've long swept under the rug. Her life is dedicated to truth and advocacy.
Molly founded Restorative Justice on The Rise, an ongoing public dialogue and education platform, in 2011, and has trained in facilitation of Circles with Dominic Barter, Sylvia Clute, the late Dr. Beverly Title, and has participated in or led dialogues with both high-risk and misdemeanor conflicts.
Learn more from the Insight Prison Project, the Ahimsa Collective, the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, the Restorative Justice Project at the University of Wisconsin School of Law, the Healing Dialogue and Action organization and the Hawai'i Friends of Restorative Justice. Karena Montag, Facilitator, now represents a powerful organization offering RJ services in an array of areas: Stronghold: Restoring People - Transforming Systems