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Due process and justice on college campuses: The Rights of the Accused in the Trump Era

Recently, defense lawyer Justin Dillon of KaiserDillon PLLC, published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with the title, “Thank God for Betsy DeVos.” (If this is behind a firewall for you, email us at and we’ll send you a copy). Dillon’s law firm, KaiserDillon has made a name for itself in defending […]

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Anti-Violence Activists Talk About What Is Accountability

Link to video reference by blog here! In this video, anti-violence activists Kiyomi Fujikawa and Shannon Perez-Darby ask and explore: What does it look like to be accountable to survivors without exiling or disposing those who do harm? This video–the first of four–presents a bold discussion of harm, needs and accountability in social justice communities. […]

Restorative Justice, Not Guns In K-12

By Simone Bradley In a shocking turn of events, the Trump administration has found a way to blame the Obama administration for the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Remember in 2013 when Obama sought to decrease the number of unwarranted suspensions and expulsions of minority students? Well, according to Marco Rubio, Florida republican […]

#ActiveListeningNews: What College Students Really Think About Free Speech

Photo courtesy of The New York Times The New York Times posted an article about the realities of how college campuses are coping with free speech, including our very own UC Berkeley. Read the article here! “What you see is a generation that’s struggling with really deep questions about how to be a pluralistic society and a […]

Why Guns In The Hands of Teachers Is Never The Answer

By Jackie Bueno Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not and should never be the answer. One of the recent comments President Trump made in response to the Parkland shooting was to put guns in teachers’ hands. This idea is problematic for many reasons. The main reasons being that it perpetuates a culture […]

What Is Justice For Survivors Of Sexual Harm?

By Julie Shackford-Bradley In the videos posted on InMyWords, people talk about their desires or expectations for justice after sexual harm. Check out these videos and add your own. Some samples: “Justice to me looks like being able to have conversations in my community about how many people around them are being hurt by other […]

Expectations For Justice After Sexual Harm

By Julie Shackford-Bradley “We cannot jail, fire or expel our way out of this crisis. We need institutional responses to sexual harm that prioritize both justice and healing, not one at the expense of the other.” UCB Alum and social activist Sofie Karasek has a new project, #InMyWords, which asks survivors of sexual harm to […]

#MeToo Movement Figures: Nidhi Chandra

By Jackie Bueno With the recent #MeToo movement, I think it’s important to understand and highlight figures on campus that are actively working to keep the #MeToo movement rampant on a school-wide level, especially on a campus as renowned and large as UC Berkeley. With that said, Nidhi Chandra is someone who I deeply respect […]


Talking About Sexual Harm

By Julie Shackford-Bradley  Last week, the RJ Center published an op-ed giving a brief explanation of how restorative processes can work in response to sexual misconduct. One comment I received informally about the op-ed addressed the use of the word “survivor” to refer to people who had experienced sexual harm: Some people don’t want to […]