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Monday, September 28, 2015

September 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4

Restorative Justice As A Tool For Transformative Change: Exploring Pathways To Dignity And Healing Continuing Education Course

This intensive introduction to restorative justice will blend examples from theory and practice to help participants develop an in-depth understanding of its origins, principles, and application. The course will also include an exploration of the role of and impact on survivors of crime with a particular emphasis on trauma and power. In addition, participants will study accountability for those responsible for crime through a restorative justice lens. These sessions will culminate in an examination of the potential and limitations of restorative justice to address mass incarceration and structural racism. Participants will engage in critical dialogue about these processes in the contexts of history, power, and social change. Throughout the course and in the final week in particular, participants will be given an opportunity to understand and practice some of the core mechanics of restorative justice by focusing on the method of peacemaking circles.

Wednesdays: September 30; October 7, 21, 28; November 4
6:30-8 PM
Silberman School of Social Work Hunter College/CUNY
2180 Third Ave.

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September 26

East Harlem Folk School

Folk schools are rooted in the belief that education is a public good & that individuals in communities are not only vessels for information but wells of knowledge. Education is more than a tool used to create employees. Critical pedagogy allows an individual to transcend presumption and create new realities. The Education from the Inside Out Coalition will host a Freedom School in East Harlem on September 26th. We will create community models for justice that disconnects us from the penal system and other harsh disciplinarian practices.

Sat., Sept. 26
12-5 PM
Los Amigos Community Garden
326 Pleasant Ave.

Free admission. For more information, click here.


September 29

Safe Alternatives To Solitary Confinement: A Human Dignity Approach

With bipartisan momentum for change in Congress, presidential attention, and the Association of State Correctional Administrators calling for a reduction in its use, the time is now for addressing the overuse of solitary confinement and its adverse effects on individuals and public safety. Join the Vera Institute of Justice and members of the advisory council for its Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative to hear about critical “on the ground” change strategies and reform efforts being tested and implemented by correctional leaders around the country—and the reasons behind them.

Participants include: Maurice Chammah, staff writer, The Marshall Project; Dr. Craig Haney, professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz; Joerg Jesse,
director general of the Prison and Probation Administration of the Ministry of Justice of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany; Carrie Johnson, criminal justice correspondent, NPR;  Gregg Marcantel, secretary of New Mexico’s Department of Corrections; Richard McCarthy, assistant superintendant, Hampden County, Massachusetts Correctional Center; Fred Patrick, director of Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections; Shaka Senghor, director of strategy and innovation at #cut50; Rick Raemisch, executive director, Colorado Department of Corrections; Reverend Ron Stief, National Religious Campaign Against Torture; Sara Sullivan, project manager for Vera’s Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative; Nicholas Turner, president of the Vera Institute of Justice; and Bernie Warner, secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections.

Tues., Sept. 29
9 AM- Noon
Top of the Hill Club
One Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Click here to pre-register (required). Continental breakfast starts at 8:30 AM.


October 17

Long Island Voting Blackout: Community Film Screening

In Long Island and throughout the nation, there have been attempts to suppress the vote of people of color. Some elected officials depend on low voter turnout in order to remain in power. The demographics on Long Island are changing and community members need representatives who can address the challenges of POC in LI.

Sat., Oct. 17
11 AM-2 PM
Empire State College
223 Store Hill Rd.
Old Westbury

Free admission. For more information, click here.


October 24

Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. 9th Annual Awards Program

Acknowledging the work of our 2015 Honorees, including:

— Yolanda Morales / Vivian Denise Nixon Award for Leadership in Education
— Khalil Cumberbatch / Julio Medina Freedom Fighter Award
— Victor Pate / Glenn Martin Advocate of the Year Award

and others …

Sat., Oct. 24
The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational, and Cultural Center
3940 Broadway

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October 29



— Game Changer Award. Special guest speaker Bryan Stevenson, an author of the New York Times best-selling book, “Just Mercy,” and the founder and executive director  of the Equal Justice Initiative.

— Special Recognition. Khalil Cumberbatch, policy associate at the Legal Action Center and former Fortune client.

— David Rothenberg Achievement Award. Francis Greenburger, founder and president of The Greenburger Center for Social and Criminal Justice.

Thurs., Oct. 29
6-9 PM
The Prince George Ballroom
15 East 27th Street

For more information, click here or e-mail kpulkkinen@fortunesociety.org or call 347-510-3607.

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October 29

Citizens’ Committee For Children Of New York 2015 Celebration Breakfast

Please join us for our 2015 Celebration Breakfast. Your support will help us improve the lives of the nearly 2 million children living in New York City, one-third of whom live in poverty.

Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Eleanor Roosevelt Award: Anne E. Delaney
Vanguard Award: Robert Reffkin
Samuel P. Peabody Award: Ismael Nazario
Co-Chairs: Marilyn Lubell, Mahsa Pelosky, Helen Rothlein & James White, Nancy Solomon, Heidi Stamas

Thurs., Oct. 29
7:30 AM-9:15 AM
583 Park Avenue at 63rd Street

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October 29

Just Change Northeast Regional Gathering

Join formerly incarcerated thought leaders from the Northeast region for a day of collective strategy building and discussions with federal officials.

Thurs., Oct. 29
9 AM-5 PM
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Dr.

Click here to RSVP.


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