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Greetings! I'm posting this for Ashley Buttaro - one of our amazing interns, who has been working on an exciting new SPA initiative:
What is New with the SPA?
Recently, the Student Peace Alliance has been working on a new project aimed at providing students and teachers resources on restorative justice practices. By exploring the resources, individuals can develop a deeper understanding of peacemaking practices that can be utilized on campus, in the classroom, and even in the schools’ disciplinary policies. We will also have a section on broader RJ advocacy. Our goal is to develop a new section to our website that is dedicated to providing this information in a user-friendly way. The two areas of focus are going to be restorative justice practices for K-12 education and for Universities. We are hoping for a soft launch of the webpages in early April, so check back soon! Please feel free to comment on this blog post with any ideas or comments on this new project that the Student Peace Alliance is undertaking!
The SPA is also supporting the Youth PROMISE Act campaign. This is a bipartisan legislation that will give communities funding, support, and resources they need to effectively address their youth violence and incarceration issues. By setting up local infrastructure specific to each community, more tailored programs can be developed and implemented. Engaging with at-risk youth and focusing on violence prevention and incarceration reduction ensures the programs are saving lives and giving all young people the opportunity to reach their full potential. For more information and to take action in support of this legislation, go to http://youthpromiseaction.org/.
And in international developments, the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act has been introduced to Congress in the Senate, and the SPA is proud to support this legislation! This bill can help to prevent future genocides from happening. By passing this Act, the US will develop an interagency approach to preventing mass atrocities, integrate early warning systems, oversee development and implementation of atrocities prevention strategies, and conduct atrocities specific planning. In 2010, the president created the Atrocities Prevention Board, but it does not have any permanence. This bill will ensure that it will be permanent and continue to do its important work. Please tell congress to pass the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention...!
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Ashley and the Student Peace Alliance team