Former Counselor and Restorative Justice practitioner Tanya Suzuki gets on the mic for our last episode of Season 1. This last one begins with a discussion around wellness, accountability, and the introduction of Sharim Hannegan-Martinez’s Compa love where Tanya talks about love and dignity in relationships with young people. Tanya gives encouragement to do this work from a centered place in the body and describes how fully allowing feelings to be experienced can be a practice of resiliency. We finish with a special closing.
Do schools need a full time person in care of this work or are they best supported through a coaching model? This episode is a little geeky as we talk specifically about implementation within a school with veteran practitioner, Joseph Luciani, who served as one of the initial RJ Coordinators within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Joseph served for five years in this capacity in a school that utilized Restorative Practices from its founding. He talks about the first two years of implementation and funding. Then he and Gilbert talk about where harm Circles fit in implementation and how trainings have evolved to respond to adults learning needs in challenging resistance and supporting paradigm shifts. They end the conversation sharing how Restorative Practices have influenced their relationships.
Practitioner and scholar, Taharka Anderson, gets his turn on the mic as he breaks down schools as indicators of society and the treatment of students of color representing oppressions of these communities on a nationwide scale. He talks about how parents and communities are impacted by schools as well as how school policies are impacted through community activism. We then turn the conversation towards how grounding and centering or mood create a necessary container that supports adults in training for this work. This then shifts the dialogue to meeting needs and nurturance, and the gendered lens society can view this work through. Taharka explains how this work has activated his capacity to tap into Restorative choices. We finish this expansive conversation with a brand new game!
In this fun episode, host Jenny Escobar asks guest Gilbert Salazar about how theater, play and creativity connect to the work of Restorative Practices. Gilbert gives stories of how he has leaned into creativity as a tool for intervention when things haven’t gone as planned and offers four steps that he uses to be centered when having to be flexible and open to change in the moment. Then, unplanned, after playing a game Jenny and Gilbert enter a reflective space where they talk about worthiness. The overarching question in this episode is: ‘And then what would happen?’
Recorded over a year of work in schools, previous RJ in Schools Director and current generative somatics teacher in training and somatic learning practitioner, Belia Mayeno Saavedra, speaks with host Taharka Anderson about how Restorative Justice is a way of being within the intersections of Politicized Somatics, Transformative Justice, and systems of power; and how our bodies are shaped and impacted by these experiences, including how they contribute to our responses and reactions to relationships and conflict. Belia and Taharka talk about how RJ has influenced the examination of past conflict styles and how the work has impacted their language in how to make requests. They discuss how RJ uses language and space to advocate for needs as they unpack boundaries and accountability, as well as the calling out of this language as whiteness in family settings. The conversation lands on Belia calling in the importance of healing work and ends with a description of one of the ultimate goals of Restorative Justice. Listen to this episode twice or more!
Dr. Jenny Escobar shares her journey of bringing spirituality, specifically intuition in her work with Restorative Justice from preparing herself to preparing training spaces. She shares how her use of intuition impacts participants, how ancestors and spirits work through all of us and how white identified folks can be impacted and influenced from this idea. Jenny describes how one question in Circle transformed a struggling group of teachers and she breaks down what folks need, to do this work, as well as shares how nature inspires her. Host Taharka Anderson shares a game about joy.
In our debut episode, we talk to former RJ Coordinator, Pierre Davis, who lays out his work with young women identified and men identified middle school students in Long Beach, the connections between sports and games in relationship building and community building; i.e. Restorative Practices and introduces us to what a ‘Restorative Choice’ is. We define the School to Prison Pipeline.Pierre also shares an exercise in expressing gratitude.
Welcome to Whatchu Know About RJ? Sharing Stories and Skills about Restorative Justice, a podcast of the California Conference for Equality and Justice. CCEJ is an organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism. This first series was recorded within a year of dialogue, reflection, and play with a team of trainers and practitioners of Restorative Justice working in schools. Restorative Justice is a multi-sided paradigm and set of practices that center needs and accountability in relationships to impact culture and community. This podcast is dedicated to anyone working in schools or teams, with students or adults. Why should you listen to this podcast? We are all in relationships- where we work, where we live and with ourselves. Listen to know more- whatchu you already know- about how relationships matter.
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