This story of Serena and Hannah is a testament to the constructive properties that restorative justice has to offer. This non-traditional approach prompts both the offender and the offended to work together to repair the damage inflicted—a tactic that the pipeline to prison fails to address. "Restorative justice is a proactive approach versus reactive. It holds youth accountable for their actions while giving them a voice. It provides healing for the victim and the offender, as well as the community." - Officer John Serrano, @SanDiegoUnified Police (Ret.)
A reporter asked me once, "How does it feel to have saved thousands and thousand of lives?" I go, "I don't know what you're talking about. I know that my life is saved everyday that I'm here. I know that I get rescued every second that I'm in this office." Learn more about Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.
For this week's #MindsetMonday, National Conflict Resolution Center honors our local peacemakers that have made a significant contribution to conflict resolution in the San Diego community. We are honored to recognize these great awardees: Bishop Cornelius Bowser (Gun Violence, Charity Apolistic Church), Imam Hassane (Civility in Politics, Islamic Center San Diego) Steve Binder (Housing for the Homeless, San Diego Homeless Court Program) ,and Kim Sontag-Mulder (Gender Equity, San Diego Area National Organization for Women).
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, we celebrated our 31st Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner to shine a bright light on the importance of civility, peacemaking and social justice in a world filled with conflict. Thank you to all of our attendees, sponsors, and honorees for supporting the National Conflict Resolution Center - NCRC's work to unite people, cultures, and organizations through civility and inclusive communication, such as our Avoiding the Pipeline to Prison initiative. Congratulations again to all of this year's honorees!
Congratulations to Sontag-Mudler, Co-President of the @NationalNOW San Diego Chapter, for being a Local Peacemaker Honoree. In addition resurrecting the NOW San Diego Chapter, Mudler has continued to make positive change in the face of adversity, advocating for #GenderEquity and opportunities for all.
National Conflict Resolution Center's Local Peacemaker Honoree, Imam Taha Hassane--Dir. of Islamic Center of San Diego - ICSD-- has embodied NCRC's value of standing up for the voiceless by addressing politically sensitive issues such as #RacialInjustice and #Immigration in the face of adversity.
Being the Nominee for National Conflict Resolution Center's Local Peacemaker Award, Bishop Cornelius Bowser has embodied our core value of "community before self" with founding a organization such as the Community Assistance Support Team (CAST) that seeks to prevent gang violence as it relates to guns.
We are proud to honor Deputy Public Defender Steve Binder, Co-Founder of San Diego's Homeless Court Program, at this year's Peacemaker Awards. His game-changing court program helps homeless individuals get back on their feet and leave the streets. Binder believes that “there is more to be done", so we invite you to take part in this facilitated conversation!