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Our Deepest Condolences

A little over a month ago, this page was in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  We are still grieving those killed and injured in that incident.

Now we are grieving for victims of another senseless mass shooting.  On Sunday (Nov. 5, 2017) twenty six people were killed while attending church in Sutherland Springs, TX.  The victims ranged in age from infants to mid-70's.  About half of the victims were from two extended families.  The magnitude of their loss is staggering.

Such acts of violence are personal tragedies of unimaginable proportions for the families of those killed or injured.  The whole community of Sutherland Springs has been deeply traumatized.  In such a small, close knit, community everyone knows a victim and their families.  There will be lasting emotional and psychological impacts on survivors and the community as a whole.  It is heartbreaking.

NACRJ stands with the victims in Sutherland Springs.  We extend our condolences and support for all those impacted and their familiies.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  

The question of justice in incidents like these, calls on us to work toward preventing them.  It also calls on us to consider how best to support and assist those harmed in meaningful and helpful ways as they move forward in their lives.

Michael Gilbert, Ph. D., Executive Director

Standing Against Hate

Night Demonstration Against Hate Charlottesville Cropped 8 12 2017

Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Heather Hyer who was killed on Saturday, August 12, in Charlottesville, VA, as she demontrated against a demonstration by "Alt Right" white supremacist groups. She was killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into the crowd of opposing demonstrators. NACRJ honors the stand that Heather took and we stand with her. We stand against the hateful views of white supremacists. We seek an inclusive, safe, just, equitable, and sustainable society based on love and respect for all. We think that vision is what Heather Hyer sought when she stood up against hate in Charlottesville.   

When suspensions weren't working, this high school opted for a new approach

The Washington Post

By Joe Heim August 23, 2016

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Donnell Honesty, a student at Ballou High School in Southeast Washington, attends summer school at Ballou on July 17. Honesty went through the school’s restorative-justice program, which is changing the way discipline is handled at the school. (Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post)

Donnell Honesty can’t remember what the fight was about or even quite how it started.
He was a junior at D.C.’s Ballou High School in 2015 when another student stepped toward him in the school’s cafeteria. Within seconds, the two were trading punches.

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After the Election - Ripple Effects in Schools

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 Since the election on November 8, 2016, we have received a number of emails from educators in elementary, middle school and high school regarding an increase in bullying, racial harassment and sexual harassment among students.  School staff are also observing expressions of anxiety and fear among students who wonder what the future of our nation holds for them.

As one of our members noted, "These stories are painful and this is a difficult time.  It is important that we maintain our principles so that hurts are processed in restorative ways."  In our view it is particularly important that educators address these issues in respectful and culturally sensitive ways that allow students to hear each others' stories and find understanding across racial, ethnic, cultural and class differences.

Attached are three documents that may help teachers address the harms and misunderstandings that children in their classrooms are experiencing at this time.

Dear Colleagues Letter - Department of Education, MN (Nov. 9, 2016)

Model Circle Process for Post Election Dialogue (UMOJA, Nov. 9, 2016)

Entry from the Teaching Tolearance Blog (Nov. 2, 2016)

We want to hear about your experiences with constructive responses to these issues.  If you are a member and wish to join a dialogue on this and other issues visit the Virtual Circle discussion forum on the NACRJ website. 

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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