In this Pandemic - Celebrate Safely, Celebrate Wisely
The National Association of Community and Restorative Justice promotes effective forms of justice that are safe, just, equitable, sustainable, reparative and socially constructive, addressing not only crime, but conflict, incivility, injustice and all forms of harm. NACRJ hosts the biennial National Conference of Community and Restorative Justice, and provides supports for members.
"Shaping Justice for the 21st Century"
We envision a safe and equitable world where restorative interactions transform individuals, relationships, communities and systems through the prevention, repair and deep healing of harm.
We advance community and restorative justice as a social movement by serving people and organizations committed to building community and addressing harm. NACRJ provides guidance and support to establish high quality practices with fidelity to restorative principles.
Prof. Loretta J. Ross, Smith College
On Nov. 19, 2020 Jessica Bennet of the New York Times published an artible about Prof. loretta J. Ross and her work challenging the "Call Out" and "Cancel Culture" by flipping the script - "Calling People In" for difficult conversations across racial, ethnic, class, social, economic, ideological and political divides to address the roots of these rifts within American society and perhaps repair them. While her work is not identified as a restorative, it is consistent with much of what we advocate and do as practitioners of restorative and community justice. Use this link to access the full article.
The National Center on Restorative Justice at Vermont Law School is thrilled to present Reimagining Justice, a virtual restorative justice art show!
The artists featured in this collection were asked to consider a very important question: How can we use the power of images to communicate the concept of restorative justice and the greater philosophical shift at work to a wider audience?
We received 23 submissions from around the world and were amazed by the creativity and insight of the artists. We hope that you enjoy exploring their work!
The Reimagining Justice Art Show will run from November 18th-22nd, 2020 in celebration of International Restorative Justice Week. At the end of the week, we will award three Viewer’s Choice Awards. After you visit the show, please take a moment to vote for your favorite image.
NACRJ President Sheryl Wilson shares a personal video message on NACRJ's Facebook page, refecting on the losses and many responses related to the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Wilson invites us to take a moment to become aware of our own breathing as a way to value life, specifically to value the life of Floyd whose breath was taken away.
Wilson's video message also captures the powerful connections made through NACRJ's recent virtual community circle (on Saturday June 6) that held space for people nationwide to process hard emotions and prepare for new ways to re-engage society. Twenty facilitators assisted with breakout groups, allowing for every participant (150) to share and listen from the heart.
NACRJ Executive Director Michael Gilbert also provides a personal statement of response, highlighting how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded our nation decades ago that "a riot is the language of the unheard." Gilbert's piece, "Can You Hear Me Now?" invites everyone to think more deeply about what we are hearing these days.