We Belong Here: Eliminating Inequity in Education for Immigrants and Students of Color in Maine.
Presented by: Meagan Sway, Justice Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union of Maine
In September 2017, the ACLU released "We Belong Here," a report that resulted from conversations with over 115 teenagers across the state of Maine who identify as immigrants and/or people of color. In this workshop, we will discuss universal themes identified in the report and begin a conversation about what each of us can do to ensure that Maine schools provide equitable education for all students.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Presented by: Penthea Burns, Katie Tomer and Sandra Bassett, Wabanaki Reach
A truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) is a group of people brought together to find out about a specific problem, and the factors that went into creating that problem. Its success relies largely on first-hand accounts to document what happened. The Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Maine focuses on Truth, Healing and Change. After initial conversations, an expanded report “Beyond The Mandate: Continuing the Conversations” was released.
Essentials of Restorative Practices
Presented by: Sarah Mattox, Restorative Justice Project
This workshop is open to practitioners who already possess some foundational knowledge of restorative philosophy and practice. Together, we'll hone in on how to know when an interaction or intervention is restorative, consider the benefits of utilizing restorative practice along a continuum, and turn our attention to Affect Theory and an examination of why restorative practices maximize human potential to be our best selves.
Healthy Oxford Hills
Presented by: Jim Douglas, Healthy Oxford Hills
Healthy Oxford Hills is a Local Healthy Community Coalition who recently ran a Restorative Practices training for community members who would like to participate in or facilitate meaningful, respectful conversations. The training has also been shown to empower participants to directly address personal and community improvement. This workshop will involve an overview of these “conversations that matter.”
Click HERE to access Jim's Prezi Presentation
Victim Offender Education Group in San Quentin and Beyond
Presented by: Carleen Mandolfo, Colby College
The participants will be briefed on the ongoing work the Victim Offender Education Group is doing at San Quentin and now several other states, including Massachusetts, and the ways in which this curriculum utilizes restorative justice principles to develop honest communication practices among inmates and help them connect their lives to their crimes as well as reconnect them to their communities.
Sequoia Program, Lewiston
Presented by: Mike Whitney, Anwar Whiting, and Yaw Anoff, Tree Street
Sequoia is a Juvenile Justice initiative that provides extended hours at the center to address personal growth and create novel experiences to foster and develop positive decision-making, group skills, and teamwork. The group is comprised of 10-12 young men and takes place year round.
Portland Outright – LGBTQ+ Youth and the Justice System
Presented by Osgood, Director, Portland Outright
Outright supports underserved members of the LGBTQ+ youth population through weekly drop-in hours, ongoing mentorship, social events, and trainings, as well as intentional support to youth navigating systems -- such as the juvenile justice system, foster care, homelessness and mental health services. We are a community of people who are invested in each other, building deep connections, sharing both our struggle and joy, while fighting for each other's dignity and survival. This workshop will provide education and dialogue about the experiences of LGBTQ youth in the Juvenile Justice system and the intersection of Restorative Practices.
Initiative to Revive Civility and Respect
Presented by Mark Hews, Institute for Civil Discourse
The way we speak and listen to each other has degraded over the years to the point that in 2016 75% of Americans believed that incivility had risen to crisis levels. In order to create a safe space for dialog to discuss issues, and to learn active listening skills, the Initiative to Revive Civility and Respect has created a framework of tools and resources to help individuals, and communities, have conversations with people of opposite views, with the ability to disagree with integrity. The workshop will discuss the background that brought us here, the overall Initiative, and the tools and resources participants can use upon leaving to begin restoring civility and respect in their daily lives.
Substance Abuse, Recovery & RJ
Presented by Dr. Freeman and Chief Robert MacKenzie
Based on their efforts working closely together to explore the ways that Maine’s opioid crisis intersects with the criminal justice system, Dr. Freeman and Chief MacKenzie will share perspectives and lead discussion on the ways that RJ may be a resource to people in recovery and the systems that support them in supporting successful community connection and recovery.
Presented by Leah Boyd
This workshop will provide a introduction to Nonviolent Communication (NVC), the process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. Through the NVC lens, we will explore our cultural conditioning around conflict and be introduced to the alternative consciousness that NVC offers. We will consider what values all humans hold in common and become aware of how these values impact what we think, feel, say and do.
Use of Law Enforcement By Residential Service Providers
Presented by: Katrina Ringrose and Ariel Linet, Disability Rights Maine
DRM will share data, trends, and recommendations from its recent report on the Use of Law Enforcement Intervention by Youth Residential Service Providers. Presenters will facilitate a discussion with participants on alternatives including restorative justice practices.