In the last decade, Restorative Practices have gained more and more supporters and practitioners and in 2013, some of us decided to join energy and resources to create a network which main purpose is to raise awareness about Restorative Practices in the schools, youth organizations and justice systems: the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices was born. We’ll talk more about this and our efforts soon.
Today, we write our first blog with exciting news!
As you may know, DC mayoral and city council elections are coming up April 1 and this year the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices is promoting restorative practices as an evidence-based tool for schools and the juvenile justice system to effectively address the “school-to-prison” pipeline.
If you care about reducing juvenile delinquency and violence, cultivating positive youth development and community building, equity and disparate minority impact, quality of education, or balancing the DC budget, please help us make this an election issue and a matter of public concern by acting now.
What can you do? Here are a few simple and urgent options:
- If you are part of or know an organization or agency that is based in DC AND/OR serves youth and families AND/OR works on human rights, justice or education issues locally or nationally, ask the organization to publicly support the DCARP Restorative Practice Policy Platform. Contact Tarek Maassarani at email@example.com for help understanding or presenting the platform and to let us know if we include the organizations as a supporter. We will then approach candidates for office and ask them to endorse this platform.
- Have you or any of your contacts that are eligible to vote in the District sign on to our petition at http://tinyurl.com/l3jnunl and pass it around! Post it to your LinkedIn, FB, Twitter or email your local/school listserv today!
- Let us know if you have direct connections with any of the candidates or their staff!
- Volunteer your time over the next month on any number of community organizing or advocacy activities we are planning to carry out this campaign.
Join the DC Alliance for Restorative Practices
We are an open coalition of individuals and organizations, including community-based organizations, service providers, police, judges, teachers, principals, and youth-serving agencies, who are working to integrate restorative practices in the District.
We have monthly meetings, project-based working groups and are growing into our vision and activism here in DC! Everyone is invited to join.
How to keep informed of news, upcoming events and projects: