Announcements

Denver Conference Audio Recordings

Motus FullColorVariant1 1One of the 'moving' highlights of the NACRJ Conference in Denver, Colorado, was a set of dramatic readings put on by Motus Theater. A group of seven people who experienced the harshness of our criminal justice system paired up with professionals in the justice system, jointly reading true life stories written by the 7 participants. Listen to a downloadable audio version of this presentation, and stay tuned for a forthcoming video version.

We now have 18 audio recordings from our Denver Conference!

Also featured during the conference was plenary speaker Adam Foss, a prosecutor from Boston who has also spoken in TED Talk circuits. Christina Swarns presented on "Us" As Victims, Survivors & Offenders: Strategic Advocacy with Restorative Justice Practices.

7th NACRJ Conference in Denver!

Denver NACRJ COnference LogoThe 7th NACRJ Conference in Denver is upon us! We have already maxed out our attendance at 1500, but we hope to find ways to share the wealth of offerings to all NACRJ members throughout the summer.

Highlights of the conference include:

Opening address: Colorado’s Governor Jared Polis will welcome everyone on Friday, sharing about the increasing acceptance of restorative practices within justice systems, education and communities across Colorado.

Motus Theatre: On Saturday, in a theater piece called Restorative Stories, formerly incarcerated leaders will share their stories of justice system involvement and the impact on their lives as law enforcement leaders join them on stage for the reading.

The Flobots: A free evening concert Friday, provided by one of the most popular rock and hip-hop bands based in Denver.

Interview: In honor of Howard Zehr, Sheryl Wilson will share a video interview and reflection on the past, present and future of restorative justice practices.

Key note addresses from Adam Foss, Christina Swarns, Edward Valandra, Jasmyn Story and Juana Bordas and entertainment from Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and Playback Theater West promise to inspire us all.

Look over this conference program (PDF) to see everything that will be happening.

Statement on Historical Harm Produced

Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Memorial in AlabamaLast spring during NACRJ's strategic planning meeting, the board determined to write a positioning statement on Historical Harm which is now fully posted on our website. A positioning statement helps NACRJ to 'position' itself within the currents of modern society where ideas and trends present new challanges as well as new opportunities. By defining our association with respect to the theme of historical harm, the NACRJ is able to not only express greater sensitivity to communities affected by long-standing harm, but also able to promote new initiatives that specifically address historical harm in powerful, constructive, and humane ways.

As a member-driven organization, we certainly invite your thoughts and comments on this issue as we grow in our understandings and responses to historical harm.

Florida Holds Inaugural RJ Conference

DSC 0201The Florida Restorative Justice Association held its inaugural statewide conference on September 28th and 29th on the campus of USF-Sarasota. This endeavor was largely funded through a generous mini-grant from NACRJ. The 108 attendees included significant numbers of educators and students, law enforcement and judicial system folks, public administrators at state and local levels, community resource providers (in mediation, trauma informed care, etc) and racial/social justice organizers – from many parts of Florida.

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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

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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!!   

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

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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.

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