International Conference Comes to Minnesota

save the date wp e1530558612748 800x891On August 9-11, 2018, the 7th Restorative Practices International (RPI) Conference will be held in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. RPI is primarily an Australian-based organization that is now partnering around the globe in the effort to promote restorative practices in all realms of societal life, including schools, communities, and criminal justice systems. NACRJ is glad to promote this conference as one of many sponsors, since RPI is a membership-based organization with similar vision and mission to NACRJ. View the keynote sessions and program listings for this conference at this webpage. There is still time to register, too.

Results - 2018 Board of Directors Election


Over the last month NACRJ Members voted on candidates for two open "At Large" positions on the Board of Directors.  It was a historical election because it was the first one where we had a slate of competitive candidates competing for the open positions. 

We congratulate Teiahsha Bankhead and Lee Rush who were elected.  Their three year term of office begins on June 15, 2018.   

While Morris Jenkins, Jalyn Roe and Joe Brummer were not elected we are deeply grateful to them for their service and their willingness to stand for election.  We know that each of them will continue to serve the mission and vision of NACRJ as we develop the association.

Morris Jenkins has served on the Board since the founding of the association.  For the last five years, he has been a thoughtful and steady voice on the Leadership Team.  He is deeply respected and valued. He will be missed. 

Morris - for all you have done to guide and develop NACRJ into the vibrant association we have become - THANK YOU!!   

Condolences to Victims of Recent Mass Shootings

Buffalo, NY & Uvalde, TX - Devastating Mass Violence and Loss

 Our Deepest Condolences

Buffalo, NY - On Saturday (May 14, 2022), an 18 year old white male, motivated by "white supremacist" beliefs killed 10 people and wounded 3 others in a mass shooting at a grocery store in East Buffalo, NY. The neighborhood was targeted because it has a significant African American population and the store served as a focal point for the attack. Over months of preparation, he had written a long personal manifesto expressing ardently held white supremacist beliefs. He obtained weapons, ammunition and body armor. He developed the capacity to live stream the attack as he carried it out. On the day of the attack, he drove 200+ miles to a specific store for a specific purpose. This was a hate-driven act of domestic terrorism. Our heart breaks for the families of these 13 people.

Uvalde, TX - On Tuesday (May 25, 2022) a lonely and misled 18 year old male, armed with a legally-purchased rifle and body armor, entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX and opened fire in a classroom killing 19 children and 2 adults, and wounding many others. In addition to having been bullied over a childhood speech impediment, he came from a troubled home life and lashed out violently against peers and strangers in recent years. Prior to the shooting at Robb Elementary, he shot and critically wounded his grandmother at home. Police intervened in the shooting, and the he was fatally shot on site. We express great empathy for the families of the students and teachers that we lost.

These were deliberate, well-planned, and horrific acts of violence. We stand in solidarity with these communities against hate in all forms. We call on community leaders and legislators to take action in advocating for laws and policies that improve gun control, access to mental health services, and anti-bullying and anti-violence interventions. In the face of such tragedies and immense human loss we offer our thoughts, prayers and deep condolences to the victims, their families, and their communities. 

Night Demonstration Against Hate Charlottesville Cropped 8 12 2017

Mapping US Peacemakers

Mapping US Peacemakers

usa mapIn an effort to understand our collective power as peacemakers the United States, Communities in Transition (CIT) and PeaceTech Lab are mapping the location of conflict transformation practitioners, mediators, dialogue facilitators, circle holders, religious peacemakers, non-violent communication, interest-based negotiators, restorative justice practitioners and other practitioners and peacemaking organizations residing in the U.S. If you, or your organization, work in the United States to guide processes that bring people together to resolve any matter through dialogueplease consider adding your information to the online map.


Our Condolences

To the Victims of the Attack in Nice, France

 Nice France Condolence 2016 RSD

July 16, 2016

Our hearts are once again broken by the staggering violence carried out in a terrorist inspired act. This time in Nice, France during Bastille Day celebrations in which 84 people were killed.  We are in solidarity with the victims, their families, the citizens of Nice, and all of France.  We are with you - you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We are commited to building safe, just, equitable and inclusive communities that are grounded in care, respect and dignity created through community and interpersonal dialogue.