[caption id="attachment_25625" align="alignleft"]stockvault.net[/caption]Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote the common good, and uplift others. Restorative justice can serve as an indispensable tool for achieving these goals. Restorative justice focuses on the interrelatedness of the human experience and offers an alternative framework for resolving conflict and the resulting harm. It seeks to address the question of how to “make things right.”
Women Leading Change: Transforming the law school classroom into the training ground for social justice advocacy
[caption id="attachment_25485" align="alignleft"]Nekima Levy-Pounds[/caption]“Schools are the garden for leadership — the places where seeds are planted and first green shoots spotted, tended, and encouraged.”
John Adair, “How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development”
[caption id="attachment_25350" align="alignleft"]Photo credit: Dr. Mussa S. Muneja[/caption]For leaders, there is a beckoning call to promote justice and freedom. Will you answer the call? Answering the call is the recognition that we lead to change the world. This is a simple but yet profound statement related to each individual’s capacity to influence the world around them through the exercise of leadership. Leadership provides a vehicle to change the world day by day, moment by moment.
Sept. 17 marked the 227th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.
This is a cause for celebration. But, what exactly is the Constitution and why should we celebrate? For many, the Constitution symbolizes an ancient text that a few old men wearing wigs signed after a heated debate in Philadelphia. This is evidenced by the fact that most Americans when tested receive a grade of C minus on Constitutional history. The Constitution is usually read in high school civics class but may not be revisited again during one’s lifetime. However, the legacy of the Constitution has far greater significance than what meets the eye. The Constitution represents the foundation of American heritage and offers a reflection of our Nation’s past, present, and future.
[caption id="attachment_20782" align="alignleft"]whitehouse.gov[/caption]Am I my brother’s keeper?
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative was launched in late February by President Barack Obama to create equal access to opportunities by eliminating barriers to success faced by young men of color. It focuses on unveiling the full potential of young men of color through an assets-based approach. The president shared his own personal experience of growing up without a father in the home and making some bad choices. However, he also highlights what led to his success.
[caption id="attachment_19240" align="alignleft"]Left to Right: Dr. Artika Tyner, Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati and University of St. Thomas law students: Alex Migambi and Sarah Orange[/caption]What does freedom truly mean?
For African-Americans, was it won 150 years ago with the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation? What are some of the challenges facing freedom today? These are some of the questions that I began to ponder as I explored freedom’s journey through the chapters of the past, present, and future.
[caption id="attachment_18077" align="alignleft"]FCC Viewing Party held at the Main Street Project (Minneapolis, MN). From left to right: Salvador Miranda, Vina Kay, Nolan Morice, Steven Renderos, Artika Tyner, Kat Vann and Niel Ritchie[/caption]The FCC voted 2-1 to reform interstate phone rates policies.
The recent FCC ruling is a milestone in the road to victory in the arena of prison phone justice reform. This is one step forward in ensuring that the costs of prison phone calls are fair and reasonable. Access to affordable prison phone calls will create opportunities for millions of family members to remain in contact with their incarcerated loved ones.
Martha Wright is an 87-year-old grandmother and a retired nurse. When her grandson, Ulandis Forte, went to prison in 1994, she was determined to keep in touch. Wright knew her grandson had made a mistake, but she did not want him to feel abandoned. More than grandmother’s intuition, research also shows that prisoners who maintain family connections are much less likely to re-offend, breaking the crime cycle.