Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.
THE CALIFORNIA PEACE ALLIANCE/
CAMPAIGN FOR A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF PEACEBUILDING
Invites You to Join Our
Second Monday Telephone Conference on 3/14/16
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)
HEALING & COMMUNITY BUILDING
March 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Call-in No. 1-712-775-7031, Access Code 719-062-520#
If unable to get through on that number, dial 1-951-262-7373
This call is open to all who are interested.
“Oakland is considered one of the most violent cities in the nation. However, today hundreds of Oakland students are learning a new habit. Instead of resorting to violence, they are being empowered to engage in restorative processes that bring together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, a deeper sense of community and healing.” - Fania Davis, YES! Magazine, Winter 2014.
What is restorative justice and its history? How does it touch the lives of our young people and their circles? How does it lead to healing and community building?
Join this call to learn more from Fania Davis, co-founder and executive director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Founded in 2005, RJOY works – through restorative alternatives -- to interrupt cycles of violence which disparately impact youth of color and which include punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies that lead to incarceration and wasted lives. Beginning 2007, RJOY’s city-funded West Oakland Middle School pilot project eliminated violence and expulsions, and reduced suspension rates by 87%, saving the school thousands in attendance and Title I funding. (See www.rjoyoakland.org) In addition to its work in schools, RJOY has trained and made presentations in the juvenile justice system and in other community contexts.
Fania is long-time social justice activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil rights attorney with a Ph.D. in Indigenous Knowledge. Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, women’s, prisoners’, peace, socialist, anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1979, Fania practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer.
California State Coordinator/ Northern CA
The Peace Alliance
Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding