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Restorative Justice (Part 1 of 2): Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities that Criminalize Communities of Color
We are in the midst of two pandemics, racism and COVID-19. The former has been plaguing the United States for over 400 years while COVID-19, ravaging Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, has underscored the urgency with which we must collectively fight for the liberation of our most oppressed populations – populations our society has taken and profited from the most. Given the detrimental impacts of both of these pandemics, this webinar will focus on the need to constantly center racial justice and end the criminalization of people and communities. Speakers will discuss how, with the popularization of restorative justice in recent years, we have seen a cooptation of restorative approaches and a disconnect between restorative practices and the philosophies that ground them. This webinar will address how failing to do restorative justice work through a racial justice lens undermines the basic tenets of restorative justice, disserves communities of color, and perpetuates racial hierarchies and disparities in our society. The presenters will leave plenty of time for an open discussion about how restorative justice practitioners can better center the liberation of BIPOC communities in their work.

Panelists:
- Judge Sheila Calloway, Juvenile Court Judge, Nashville
- Stephanie Medley, Youth Justice Director @ RYSE Center
- Ashlee George, Co-Director @ Impact Justice, Restorative Justice Program
- Sia Henry, Senior Program Specialist @ Impact Justice, Restorative Justice Program

Copy and paste this URL in your address bar to register for the second webinar in this series, The Importance of Community-held Programs on Feb. 17: https://pretrial.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2SisxJzjRla1MzyJpi0gyw

Jan 25, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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