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September 18, 6:30 PM in partnership with RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth): A screening of the documentary The Interrupters, about people who seek to stop violent flare-ups in their neighborhood before they start–people who used to help create violence in those same communities. The film will be followed by a panel conversation about the restorative justice movement.
RJOY’s work is groundbreaking and is a major key to creating an Oakland and Bay Area of peace and dignity for all. If you don’t know about restorative justice or are skeptical, come here practitioners and youth speak about how it is working for them. Or just come for the film to witness three powerful people who used to deal and gangbang in Chicago’s south side who are now claiming their roles as peacemakers in the same neighborhoods.
While details are still unfolding for this event, I am thrilled to be working with Crystallee Crain and with the College of Alameda’s Violence Prevention Initiatve, one of the Oakland Peace Center’s newest partners. They are doing amazing work in the community, and when I offered a workshop on nonviolent communication at a youth forum they offered this summer, I was inspired by the young adults who both participated in and led informative and inspiring workshops–I brought a group of eight youth with me who said, “The people leading some of those workshops were just a few years older than us. We want to be leaders like that, too!”
In each blog post about the distinct days within Ten Days of Peace, I have tried to articulate the connection between that day’s activities and the Oakland Peace Center’s purpose of uniting people and organizations around creating access, opportunity and dignity for all in Oakland and the Bay Area as the means to peace. I don’t have to explain that connection when talking about the Violence Prevention Initiative because they live it so clearly. Particularly inspiring is the work VPI is doing around healing from urban violence and ending the cycle of urban violence through the Truth Telling Series. Take time for this day and be inspired.
September 15, 2012 11 AM – 2 PM: East Bay Housing Organizations invites you to EBHO potluck in the park:
Lake Temescal Park, Park View Site, 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618