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Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Utilizing Community-Based Accountability Strategies to Address Sexual Violence

by Annie Gorden Trigger Warning: Discussions of rape, sexual violence, and victim-blaming “For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” –bell hooks The United States criminal legal […]

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Restorative Conversations: “Calling In”

by Julie Shackford-Bradley Many campus conflicts emerge from “call-out” situations that create deep rifts among former friends, leave people feeling exhausted and alienated, and even lead to violence. Asam Ahmed has recently started an ever-expanding online conversation questioning the efficacy of the call-out, and suggesting an alternative, the “call in.” By Ahmed’s definition, call-out culture: […]

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The Faces Leading the Revolution Against Campus Sexual Violence

by Annie Gorden Trigger Warning: Discussions of Sexual Assault 2014 marked a turning point for the movement to end sexual violence on campuses, the issue finally surfacing in mainstream media and consciousness. Awareness and activism surrounding campus sexual assault reached new heights, thanks in great part to the work of dedicated activists fighting to bring […]

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Victorious Cal In Berkeley Police Department Reforms

by Viviana Lletget and Julie Shackford-Bradley on May 20, 2015 Cal students presented testimonials and strong arguments in favor of a temporary moratorium on the Berkeley Police Department’s (BPD) use of such “crowd control” tactics as the shooting of tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and other projectiles, the use of flash-bang grenades, and “over the […]

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New York Solitary Confinement

New York City plans to end solitary confinement for inmates 21 and younger. New Mayor Bill DiBlasio is taking the lead on some prison reform for juveniles and youth in New York City: The move stems in part from the building of new “enhanced supervision housing” at Rikers Island, an infamous prison in New York […]

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Rachel Maddow takes on the myth of the “superpredator”

by Julie Shackford-Bradley In this clip, Rachel Maddow calls attention to two articles written in 1995 by John Dilulio that set the narrative frame of the “superpredator” who has no recognizable humanity, and therefore, no rights to life or freedom. In this article from the Weekly Standard of November 1995, John Dilulio (at the time […]

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It’s Not Over Yet: Prop 47 and the Push for Restorative Justice in California

by Julie Shackford Bradley and Patricio Yrarrázaval The passage of Prop 47 about 2 weeks ago is a major victory for all of the organizations and institutions that came together to get the proposition on the ballot and put forth the arguments needed to convince California voters to say yes. From San Diego Free Press: Faith […]

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Restorative Justice is Not Forgiveness

Restorative justice has been receiving a lot of attention lately, due to Paul Tullis’s January 4 New York Times Magazine article, “Can Forgiveness Play a Role in Criminal Justice?” This story about a restorative justice conference following the murder of a young woman by her boyfriend was also covered on the January 5 episode of the Today […]