Restorative justice as a social movement: upcoming webinar

March 13th, 2014 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Our next webinar, entitled “Possibility or pipedream:  A restorative justice movement,” is coming up March 19, 2014. Join us for a frank conversation between Dr. Dana Greene and Dr. Carl Stauffer exploring the unrealized revolutionary promise of restorative justice. They will examine the current direction of restorative justice in particular highlighting missteps all too reminiscent… Read more »

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Critical conversation with “The New Jim Crow” – next webinar

February 14th, 2014 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Real World Restorative Justice Webinar: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 4:30-6:00 p.m. EST Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness,” has gained widespread attention for its compelling analysis of the relationship between mass incarceration and racism in the U.S. Join us as guests Jacqueline Roebuck Sahko, Shiv Desai and… Read more »

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Where are the gaps? We need your help.

January 3rd, 2014 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

In the early days of the restorative justice field, from the late 1970s into the early 1990s, I was in a unique position to resource this emerging field. As Director of the Office on Crime and Justice of Mennonite Central Committee U.S (MCC), my mandate was to do what needed to be done. Although the… Read more »

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Reflections on Mandela

December 16th, 2013 – by Carl Stauffer (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

“Have you heard that Mandela died?” The staggering impact of this question took my breath away as I stepped into the office after teaching a full day of classes at Eastern Mennonite University on Thursday, December 5th. I texted my daughter who had grown up in South Africa, with these simple words, “Wow – this… Read more »

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Restorative justice and the Gandhian tradition

October 23rd, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

I recently had occasion to reflect on some of the points of resonance between restorative justice and the Gandhian tradition.  I am particularly grateful for the help of my friend Sujatha Baliga in this. As a Mennonite, I grew up in a family and a tradition of nonviolence and peacemaking, and knew something of Gandhi. … Read more »

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Next webinar: RJ, public policy and compassion

October 9th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

Our next webinar is coming up on October 23, with Chris Marshall from New Zealand as guest Chris is both a restorative justice practitioner and a biblical scholar. He is probably the world’s leading scholar bringing together restorative justice and the Christian tradition, and in a way that has immediate relevance to overall society. In… Read more »

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Fall restorative justice webinar series

September 12th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

Our fall webinar series begins Sept. 18.   Click here for more information. Although there is a small charge for participating live on these webinars, scholarships are available. Please join us!   Real World Restorative Justice Webinars A Project of the Zehr Institute Fall 2013 Schedule September 18: Seeking Justice in Societies Transitioning from Violence with… Read more »

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Justice for Trayvon Martin – Adjudication or community? (Part III)

August 5th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

(Last of the three-part series by David Anderson Hooker) I take issue with three groups of comments that I’ve heard since the Zimmerman trial. I know that I am in disagreement with several individuals and institutional voices that I respect deeply. Yet I think our approach must change to get the life we want: a… Read more »

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Justice for Trayvon Martin – The fear factor (Part II)

August 1st, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Restorative Justice)

As I argued in my last blog entry (Part I), making a difference must start with approaching justice differently.  Justice describes the relational qualities among people. Said another way: justice is rooted in community. For actions to be just, they must be aligned with established community values or seek to restore the quality of relationships that… Read more »

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Justice for Trayvon Martin – Where do we go from here? (Part I)

July 29th, 2013 – by Howard Zehr (category: Peacebuilding, Restorative Justice)

In this three-part series, guest blogger David Anderson Hooker follows up on his earlier post, “Where will we find justice for Trayvon Martin?”   Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman.  Dead. Alive. Dead! Not responsible. Like the President.  Like Emmett Till.  Like every other child that has been murdered senselessly by gun violence.  It was reasonable to… Read more »

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