65 episodes

Conversations and storytelling with Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others about how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives. Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris. Produced by Elyse Martin-Smith.

This Restorative Justice Life David Ryan Castro-Harris

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

Conversations and storytelling with Restorative Justice Practitioners, Circle Keepers, and others about how they bring Restorative Justice philosophy, practices, and values into their personal and professional lives. Hosted by Amplify RJ founder David Ryan Barcega Castro-Harris. Produced by Elyse Martin-Smith.

    62. "Sippin'" on White Fragility w/ Gilbert Salazar and Rosa Navarrete

    62. "Sippin'" on White Fragility w/ Gilbert Salazar and Rosa Navarrete

    Sippin’ asks the question, what happens when you serve white fragility at the table?  This short film presents the encounter of four women of color who gather for celebration & healing with a ritual of tea & stories.

    Sippin' is a project that presents the experiences of women of color, developed by stories of harm and impact. The purpose and intention of the film is to provide activation of emotion that provokes dialogue that is both reflective and critical.

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    • 53 min
    61. Free Speech, Inclusion, and Restorative Justice with Amber Hikes (DIROR crossover)

    61. Free Speech, Inclusion, and Restorative Justice with Amber Hikes (DIROR crossover)

    Welcome to Diversity & Inclusion: Revolution or Reform? On today’s episode, we are joined by the legendary Amber Hikes. Our conversation today with Amber is centered around her vast experience and how it has helped her in her role as Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at the American Civil Liberties Union as she navigates free speech, inclusion, and Restorative Justice. We are truly honored and want to extend a special thank you to Amber for her time, wisdom, and work in the DEI space.


    Guest Bio
    Amber Hikes is a social justice advocate, community organizer, and unapologetic queer black woman. She currently serves as the ACLU’s first Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, but has roots in community organizing and activism, social work, and youth  development. You may also know Amber as the person responsible for the black and brown stripes being added to the rainbow LGBTQ flag. No matter what space Amber finds herself in, she is always pushing for equity and justice for all.


    Connect with Amber
    LinkedIn: Amber HikesInstagram: @amber_hikesTwitter: @amberhikeswww.aclu.com

    Learn more about our work:
    Email: revolutionorreform@gmail.com
    Connie’s Instagram: @and.now.collective
    Connie’s Work: and-now-collective.com
    David’s Instagram: @amplify.rj
    David’s Work: amplifyrj.com


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    • 59 min
    We're Taking a Break + NACRJ Conference EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT REGISTRATION

    We're Taking a Break + NACRJ Conference EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT REGISTRATION

    for a handful of logistical, capacity, and need for rest reasons, we're taking a break from this podcast for the rest of 2021. We'll be back sometime in early 2022. 
    In the absence of new TRJL episodes then feel free to go back through our archive of 50+ episodes or check out sister Restorative Justice podcasts like "Restorative Justice on the Rise", "Whatchu Know About Restorative Justice?", and others we've featured here like "The Restorative Lens", "The Common Justice Podcast", or "Workplace Diversity".
    If you want to continue to hear new content from me this year, we're still posting new episodes of "Diversity & Inclusion: Revolution or Reform" the podcast that I co-host with my friend Connie Ni Chiu where we're pushing the boundaries of D&I towards collective liberation.
    July 6-9, 2022 NACRJ will be hosting a conference in Chicago!
    Early bird registration ends soon. If you're interested in attending in person and want to save $125 on registration by getting Amplify RJ's discounted group rates fill out this form.

    Check out more info about the conference at nacrj.com
    If you have any thoughts, questions, or feedback, hit me up at amplifyrj@gmail.com.
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
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    • 7 min
    60. Undoing the First Harm: Settlers in Restorative Justice w/ Edward Valandra (The Restorative Lens Podcast)

    60. Undoing the First Harm: Settlers in Restorative Justice w/ Edward Valandra (The Restorative Lens Podcast)

    The featured episode from "The Restorative Lens Podcast" hosts LTomay Douglas and Allana Ojibway speak with Edward Valandra,  Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla, who is both an author and editor for Colorizing Restorative Justice.

    His chapter, “Undoing the First Harm: Settlers in Restorative Justice,” gives voice to the need for settlers to recognize the ways that restorative justice too often fails to address the first harm: which is the theft and continued occupancy of Indigenous land. Through honesty and education, Edward sheds light on the contradicting relationship between RJ practitioners instilling restorative practices/values, while at the same time failing to acknowledge or take accountability for ways that settlers continue to benefit from the stolen land. He discusses practical ways that educators and practitioners can take action and bring dialogue of the First Harm into restorative spaces.

    Follow their podcast on:
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-restorative-lens/id1588436493
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3KZ97jnssXPfnMSwvFLeJY
    and check out the work of the National Center on Restorative Justice at https://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/national-center-on-restorative-justice

    • 45 min
    59. Retethering and Reflecting in Restorative Justice w/ Kathy Evans

    59. Retethering and Reflecting in Restorative Justice w/ Kathy Evans

    Katherine Evans has been a professor in teacher education at Eastern Mennonite University since 2011. She teaches courses in educational psychology, special education, and restorative justice in education (RJE). 

    You will meet Kathy (1:30), hear about how she got started in this work in schools (12:48), and learn the importance of retethering to your soul (30:05). Kathy explains the need to redefine grading (36:00) and making space for silence (39:10). She shouts out some good books about restorative justice (44:31) and talks about decentering whiteness (53:35). Finally, she answers the closing questions (1:00:10).
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    Contact, Learn More, Support Kathy Evans:
    Website: http://www.emu.edu/maed/restorative-justice/ 
    Get your copy of “The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education” with Kathy Evans and Dr. Dorothy Vaandering
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    58. Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System w/ Erika Sasson

    58. Restorative Justice in the Criminal Legal System w/ Erika Sasson

    Erika has studied human rights, law, criminal justice, Peace and Conflict studies, and more. She was involved in creating the Red Hook peacemaking program, and she was the director of restorative practices at the Center for Court Innovation, for over a decade she oversaw CCI’s restorative initiatives across a broad range of disciplines. 
    You will meet Erika (1:45), hear about her experiences in the courtroom (7:40), and learn how she lives restoratively (25:24). She discusses her law experiences (31:48) and working in schools (54:10). Finally, she unpacks her privilege (1:06:00) and answers the closing questions (1:14:45).
    Learn more about the Redhook Peacemaking Program:
    https://www.courtinnovation.org/publications/red-hook-peacemaking-program
    Redhook Peacemaking Program Doc: https://narf.org/nill/documents/2014_red_hook_peacemaking.pdf 
    CCI Healing from Conflict: Restorative Approaches and a Path Forward for Justice
    https://www.courtinnovation.org/publications/healing-conflict-restorative-approaches-and-path-forward-justice 
    Watch clips of the podcast: http://youtube.com/c/amplifyrj 
    See all our workshops and courses at http://amplifyrj.com/learn
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    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

heathery117 ,

A Dive into Restorative Practices

This Restorative Justice Life brings stories of practitioners who talk about the many ways that restorative practices can look and take root in our lives. David and his guests make the sometimes abstract and big ideas and make them concrete. I tend to have more questions than answers at the end of each episode, but can feel myself growing with every episode. It is a life changing podcast!

Alex from the East Coast ,

Depth and Diversity

This Restorative Justice Life provides you with in-depth conversation with a range of people involved in the practice. More and more, we see the need for this approach to justice—to heal instead of punish, to repair instead of break. I’m not a practitioner, but even I find lots of value (and so much knowledge) from the various guests of this podcast.

This is totally worth subscribing to and sharing with friends. I recommend starting with the episode, “Stumbling into Restorative Justice w/Cheryl Graves,” which is a great intro to the subject with one of “the grandmothers of Chicago’s restorative justice movement.”

S to the third power ,

Stumbling into RJ

I love listening to Cheryl tell her stories. I have learned so much more about her.

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