2017 Restorative Justice Conference: Creating an Equitable and Just Society - Challenges and Possibilities
May 5, 2017 Restorative Justice Conference @ Lehman College, CUNY
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As we plan to convene the 3nd Annual Restorative Justice Conference, we very much welcome your participation in addressing the challenges and possibilities and celebrating our continued efforts to build an equitable and just society.
Our long-term goals include:
To consistently and deliberately build restorative communities that actively support social equity and justice and seek to end all forms of oppression.
To promote and encourage restorative leadership development of individual and communities directly impacted by punitive systems.
To create, sustain and support safe and healthy communities where harm is addressed through restorative, responsible and caring relationships.
To replace models of punishment and retribution–wherever they predominate–with restorative and transformative principles and practices.
To develop trauma-informed schools and communities that support healing and growth.
The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history, to fight at their side.” Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed