Building the RJ Community

Oct 17, 2019 | Messages from Mika, News and Updates

In any given week, we’re talking to RJ practitioners, students, survivors, funders, advocates, researchers, journalists and others who are interested in learning more and making connections. Restorative Justice Initiative’s network extends throughout New York City and beyond, and touches down in every sector where restorative approaches have taken root, which gives us a unique, birds-eye view of this growing movement. We’re always forging new partnerships and looking for opportunities to build community. Here are just a couple of examples from the past few months.

In July we teamed-up with The Moth to host a storytelling workshop with 13 school-based restorative practitioners. One participant described it as, “…the best professional development workshop I have taken in a long time. I will use this model of storytelling to create community amongst my students.”

Last month, inspired by NYC Climate Week and the Global Climate Strike, we launched a series of Circles on Climate Change at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. We hope you’ll join us for the next Circle on October 27.

In 2020 we will continue to connect and convene practitioners, advocates, supporters and community members. As this work grows in popularity and scope, it’s more important than ever that we come together as a community to define our shared values and goals. We’ll be launching our new website as well as additional projects that will give you all access to more resources and a better understanding of who’s doing what with RJ across the boroughs.

We rely on you to help us share resources, feed people at our events and keep you up-to-date on the latest news and learning opportunities.