Empowering civic activism toward a culture of peace.

March 2013 Schedule

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Host Molly Rowan Leach

Thursday, March. 7th 5pmPST/8pEST--

Officer Greg Ruprecht of the Longmont (CO) Police Department


Officer Greg Ruprecht had initial doubts (Click Here to view video) about Restorative justice. He had a powerful transformation of his belief in RJ as he watched it in motion within the police department' programming. We are delighted to host Greg and look forward to exploring his experiences and the statistics he's seen in motion over the arc of the years LPD has implemented RJ.  Watch this poignant interview with him thanks to the Longmont Community Justice Partnership of Longmont, CO.

Thursday, March 14--No Council

Thursday March 21st 5pmPST/8pEST--

Evelyn Zellerer




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Evelyn Zellerer, Ph.D. criminology, is a facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in restorative justice, peacemaking circles, and conscious governance. Dr. Zellerer is founder and director of Peace of the Circle – an international organization that works with government, justice agencies, businesses, non-profits, schools and communities. Over the past 20 years, Evelyn has taught and led projects in diverse cultural contexts, including the Arctic, southern USA, Caribbean, South Africa, Australia and the former Soviet Union. Evelyn is also a professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, and is also now a blogger! For more information, visit

Thursday March 28th 1pmPST/4pEST--

Dr. Howard Zehr, Pioneer of the Modern Field of Restorative Justice. Note the special time slot.


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About Dr. Zehr:

Widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,” Zehr began as a practitioner and theorist in restorative justice in the late 1970s at the foundational stage of the field. Zehr continues in this third decade to deepen the principles of restorative justice and grow its practice worldwide. He has led hundreds of events in some 25 countries and 35 states, including trainings and consultations on restorative justice, victim-offender conferencing, judicial reform, and other criminal justice matters. His impact has been especially significant in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Ukraine, and New Zealand, a country  that has restructured its juvenile justice system into a family-focused, restorative approach, causing a dramatic drop in youth crime.

A prolific writer and editor, speaker, educator, and photojournalist, Zehr actively mentors other leaders in the field. More than 1,000 people have taken Zehr-taught courses and intensive workshops in restorative justice, many of whom lead their own restorative justice-focused organizations.  Zehr was an early advocate of making the needs of victims central to the practice of restorative justice. A core theme in his work is respect for the dignity of all peoples. More from Dr. Zehr:  Blog Photography


Restorative Justice on The Rise was founded by Peace Alliance Board Member Molly Rowan Leach in September of 2011. She is the telecouncil host. In its 2nd full season the series provides a live dialogue circle for connectivity, education, action ideas and more regarding Restorative justice and the powerful times we are amidst as an old worn-out Prison Industrial Complex dies and punitive paradigms no longer are accepted as appropriate when crime and conflict occur.

The Restorative Justice on The Rise weekly telecouncil series features global guest speakers from many diverse backgrounds and areas in the field and related fields and has included powerful conversations with equally powerful leaders on community and global levels such as Kay Pranis, Robin Casarjian, Azim Khamisa, Steve Korr, The River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, Arun Gandhi, Fleet Maull, Dr. Judith Thompson, Belvie Rooks and Dedan Gills, Lauren Abramson, Dr. Carl Stauffer, Michelle Alexander, Sujatha Baliga, Lois DeMott, Dominic Barter, and so many others doing significant work and sharing their stories.

The Peace Alliance is committed to mobilizing and educating while offering a greater depth of resources in this area and longer term plans include a clickable map for easy access to local, state, national, and global resources in RJ and related fields.

The telecouncil is a service of our collective part in transformation of our systems, and is for you, the people who matter, day to day, as we mobilize and change our world for the better, together. Thank you for your participation in this series, and please consider helping keep it free by contributing any amount, tax-deductible, to The Peace Alliance.

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