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Will Smith’s Restorative Approach to Apology

RJ Center Berkeley, November 1 2022

Four months after slapping Chris Rock during the live TV broadcast of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Will Smith posted an apology video on Youtube. Smith’s slap was provoked by a joke Rock made onstage during the ceremony about Jada Smith’s short hair, which is a symptom of her struggle with alopecia. Following the slap incident, Will Smith...

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Official Apologies for State-Sanctioned Violence

RJ Center Berkeley, October 31 2022

In Rhoda Howard-Hassmann’s piece on "Official Apologies," she identifies three types of public apologies. They are diplomatic, for when a harm occurs between states, political, in response to acts that have continuing political relevance, and historical, which address harms from the past and are directed to the descendants of those who were...

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Apology Languages

RJ Center Berkeley, October 30 2022

Has someone ever tried to apologize to you and you just did not feel like their apology was sincere or genuine? Did it feel like what they said to you went in one ear and out the other? It’s entirely possible that that person is just not good at apologizing. Or, it could be due to the fact that they did not apologize to you in your apology...

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A Personal Re-Introduction of Restorative Justice

RJ Center Berkeley, August 24 2022

*trigger warning: sexual assault* I personally first acquired information about Restorative Justice after a visit back in 2019 to the Ella Baker Center in Oakland, California. On our tour of the center, they showed us a mediation room specifically meant for using restorative justice with incarcerated folks which I believe were the beginnings of the...

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Conclusion to the History of Political Suppression on UC Berkeley Campus

Jonathan Dombro, July 5 2022

This post is the final installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring and summer of 2022. A central political goal of this project was to learn from the failures of past political conflicts. I intended to study political suppression to support future m...

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Occupy Cal

Jonathan Dombro, June 28 2022

This post is the sixth installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring and summer of 2022. Many current students were taught growing up that if we wanted to earn the same living standards as our parents, we would need to go to college. Unfortunately, wh...

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Ending Affirmative Action

Jonathan Dombro, June 15 2022

This post is the fifth installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring and summer of 2022. UC Berkeley pays a considerable amount of attention to diversity on campus and the lack thereof, with the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) rep...

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Closing the School of Criminology

Jonathan Dombro, June 9 2022

This post is the fourth installment of a seven part series on the history of political action and suppression at UC Berkeley that will be released throughout the spring and summer of 2022. Unlike the other subjects of this work, I only learned about the closing of the criminology school through the course of my research. This is noteworthy to me as...

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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 and summer 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 s...

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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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