Restorative Justice Blog Aye?

Posted by Ben Emery - Yes. This blog is about restorative justice. It is also about power, community and the role of collective narratives in the service of justice. The point is, that Colorado is leading the field of restorative justice.

The recent groundbreaking legislation is merely a responsible reaction to the work of some 150 ground level organizations, community groups and municipalities practicing restorative justice in Colorado. That's you by the way. And for those folks popping in from around the country and around the world, welcome to you too. Consider this your lounge; your parlor room; your front porch. It was designed to support a conversation of curiosity. It was designed to explore what Justice with a capital J actually looks like.

There are venues for praising Restorative Justice as the holy grail. This is not that place. In the very spirit of restorative, this blog calls for the range of opinions and welcomes those with ideas and feelings that call for creative conversation. We at RJcolorado.org will constantly modify the site in order to keep up with a dynamic and constantly changing restorative justice movement. Please help us by writing and returning to write again as new ideas come to you.

Enjoy your visit and come back often. The movement needs you.

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Savannah Part 3

Third and final in Savannah series, continued here... Over the last year, my goals in life have changed a bit as well. I still want to be a therapist and help kids, but I have expanded on my vision about how that could work. I would love to do something with RJ because I feel like my skills and the RJ principles match really well. I would love to do something with drama and acting.

I feel so much more confident in the skills that I have now, especially in my acting and facilitating. I also really want to travel. I have been bitten by the travel bug and everyone knows it! That’s how much I’ve been talking about it recently! If I could have it my way right now through my career eyes, I would mash everything up into one.

I would like to have my MA in psychology, possibly have my own business that has to do with therapy but also incorporate the skills and principles of RJ into my practice. I would be an active member in an RJ program, do photography as a hobby outside of work and I would be out in the real world performing in big plays. I also hope to travel as much as I can—seeing Ireland is definitely the first stop.

As you can see, RJ has really helped me grow and become a better person. I live by the RJ principles as much as I can, knowing I am still a teenager. I do everything with a positive attitude and I do it with pride. I would really encourage anybody who has an interest in peace making, helping the community, being a leader in the face of conflict or changing the world, to knock on your local Restorative Justice door and get involved! It could be a life changing move…but the choice is up to you.

15 year old Longmont High Sophomore, LHS Restorative Justice Student Team Facilitator, Actress, Aspiring Therapist and Traveler... Savannah Iverson.

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