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Audio recordings by Molly Rowan Leach (Restorative Justice on the Rise and The Peace Alliance).

Cornel West

Cornel WestCornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.

His Keynote Speech titled "Justice for the Future" was a clarion call to recognize and address injustice, where ever it it occurs in society.  It was presented on June 1, 2015 at the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Jeremy Travis

Jeremy TravisJeremy Travis is president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Senior Fellow in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where he launched a national research program focused on prisoner reentry into society.

His Keynote Speech “Community Justice: Viewing Mass Incarceration from the Ground Up" made the case for recognizing Mass Incarceration in the United States as a massive social injustice that threatens the society as a whole.  From the perspective of community justice and restorative justice he argued for changes in policy that would end mass incarceration within 10 years.  The speech was presented on June 2, 2015 at the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Sujatha Baliga

Sujatha BaligaSujatha Baliga’s work is characterized by an equal dedication to victims and persons accused of crime. A former victim advocate and public defender, sujatha was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship, which she used to organized a successful restorative juvenile diversion program in Alameda County.

At the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice she moderated the Keynote/Plenary Panel on "The Intersection of RJ and Forgiveness: An Interfaith Dialogue” with Azim Khamisa and Kate and Andy Gromaire.  This was a powerful session that explored recovery from deep personal harm from different faith perspectives. 

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Dominic Barter

Dominic BarterDominic Barter develops social technologies that promote dialogue and partnership, focusing primarily in the fields of education, justice, culture and social change. In the mid-90s he collaborated in the development of Restorative Circles, a community-based and community-owned practice for dynamic engagement with conflict that grew from conversations with residents in gang-controlled shantytown favelas in Rio de Janeiro. He adapted the practice for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice's award-winning national projects in Restorative Justice and supports its application in a further 25 countries.

On June 1, 2015 Dominic opened the 5th National Conference on Community Justice with a wonderful talk on “Using Restorative Justice to Build Sustainable Community”.   His speech focused on his personal journey that has led to work in impoverished and violent communities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

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Margaret Burnham

Margaret BurnhamMargaret Burnham is Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston. She has served as a trial judge and a human rights commissioner. A long-time civil rights scholar, lawyer, and activist, Professor Burnham founded the School of Law's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

On June 3, 2015 Prof. Burnham presented the final Keynote Speech of the 5th National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice.  Her speech was an important discussion of her work to promote a more just society by helping to heal historical harms associated with racism during the Jim Crow Era between 1930-1970.  Simply stated, the United States will never be a just society unless it "rights the wrongs" to survivors of the terrorism and violence of that era directed largely at African Americans in Southern States. 

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Kate and Andy Grosmaire

Andy Grosmaire is the Chief of Enforcement with the Office of Financial Regulation for non-depository financial institutions for the State of Florida. Kate Grosmaire is a Business Analyst with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. In 2010, after their daughter Ann was shot and killed by her boyfriend, they successfully advocated for restorative justice to shape the plea agreement.

 IMG 2010 RSG Cropped 3 Andy and Kate Grosmaire Plenary Panelists

The Gromaires discussion on their deeply personal journey toward healing at the June 2, 2015 Keynote/Plenary Panel session can be found at about the 26 minute mark on the recording.

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Azim Khamisa

Azim KhamisaAzim Khamisa was born in Kenya, Africa and had early training in mathematics, economics and international finance. A successful international investment banker with over 35 years experience, he has conducted business in Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. A man always on the go, taking action for societal transformation, he is presently the Chairman, CEO and Founder of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF), President of the Child Safety Network (CSN) and Founder and National Director of the Constant And Never Ending Improvement (CANEI) program.

Azim's discussion of his personal journey toward healing after his son Tariq was killed can be heard at about 11:30 minutes into recording of the June 2, 2015 Keynote/Plenary Panel session.

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National Conferences

Our 6th NACRJ Conference was held in Oakland, CA on June 16-18, 2017 with three pre-conference training sessions on June 15, 2017.  We had 1,319 attendees, terrific keynote/plenary sessions and cultural performances, nearly 300 presentations, an awards ceremony, and a concert by "dead prez".  

Look for audio recordings of keynotes, interviews, photos and more coming soon to this website.

Check out past NACRJ Conferences (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) from the Conferences tab.

Planning for our 7th NACRJ Conference has begun.  It will be in Denver, CO (June 14-16, 2019) with Pre-Conference Training Sessions on June 13, 2019.  Put it on your calendar.  We want to see you there.

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