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The People's Park

Jonathan Dombro, April 20 2022

This post is the third installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring semester of 2022. There is no political controversy from UC Berkeley’s history that is more relevant on campus today than that of People’s Park. Interestingly, though, while most stu...

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Who is obligated? An inquiry on algorithmic harms

Pragya K, April 6 2022

When we’re responding to a harm restoratively, we begin by asking the following questions: The answers that follow shape the way that we facilitate harm circles and community building activities. Depending on the nature and attributes of the harm, we develop ways for the victim to tell their story, the perpetrator to take accountability, and ultima...

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The Free Speech Movement

Jonathan Dombro, March 31 2022

This post is the second installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring semester of 2022. One aspect of my Berkeley experience that has lived up to expectations is the prevalence of on-campus demonstrations. However, alongside the relatively strong cult...

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Introduction to The History Of Political Suppression on UC Berkeley Campus

Jonathan Dombro, March 4 2022

This post is the first installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring semester of 2022. UC Berkeley has a reputation for being exceedingly political, as well as dogmatically progressive. Though there is truth to it, I have found this perception to be r...

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Addressing Common Concerns with Restorative Justice

Alexis Gutierrez, February 24 2022

The implementation of Restorative Justice as an alternative to our criminal justice system is difficult to achieve. Our society has become accustomed to the current process and is hesitant to make any changes regardless of how harmful the system may be. Of course, this is due to the narrative and understanding that has been embedded into this count...

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Moderate People, Not Content: A Restorative Approach to Combating Toxicity Online

Pragya K, February 18 2022

It’s no secret that social media is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our daily lives. People from all over the globe who share common identities, experiences, or interests can create communities and connect with each other with the click of a button. In tandem, we’re seeing a steady rise in online toxicity. According to the Pew Research Ce...

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Moving Towards(Restorative) Justice for America's Immigrants

Jonathan Dombro, February 9 2022

United States Immigration Policy is a failure by every metric. It fails to give adequate protection to citizens in need. It fails to facilitate paths to citizenship or permanent legal status for individuals who contribute massively to the economic and social life of our nation. It fails to uphold the principles of the United States Constitution or...

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Restorative Justice for Sexual Harm

Alexis Gutierrez, February 3 2022

“Less than 1% of rapes lead to felony convictions.” Each year, approximately 463, 634 individuals ages 12 and up experience sexual harm and less than 1% of these cases lead to felony convictions. For every thousand cases, it is estimated that only 384 are reported to law enforcement, 57 lead to an individual being arrested, and only 6 of those indi...

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Truth and Falsehood in Criminal Justice

Jonathan Dombro, January 19 2022

The proportion of inmates who are wrongfully convicted is difficult to ascertain but even at our lowest estimates is unacceptably high. Some figures put the false conviction rate somewhere between 2 and 10 percent, with others putting it between 3 and 6 percent. Looking into the nature of these injustices reveals the structural incentives that exis...

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Desmond Tutu - a Legacy of Unyielding Compassion

Jonathan Dombro, January 6 2022

Last Sunday, the world lost a major proponent of justice in South African religious leader and activist Desmond Tutu. A lifelong advocate for justice and compassion, Tutu fought powerfully for a restorative vision throughout the South African struggle to end the racist Apartheid system. His work was central to the development of South Africa's Trut...

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