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Restorative Justice in Schools: Bringing Healing and Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline

Here are two great videos about work being done in schools to break the school to prison pipeline through restorative justice.  Hear from the students and teachers themselves who are implementing it!

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Inspirational Baltimore Teens Healing Divisions

Check out this video of a group called The Inner Harbor Project that has teens working with the police in the city of Baltimore to heal divisions.  The group’s mission statement is:

“The Inner Harbor Project is a model for social change that identifies teenagers who are leaders among their peers, equips them with research and professional skills, and organizes them to come up with solutions to issues that divide our society on the basis of race, class and culture.”

Mirrors of Privilege: Understanding White Privilege

WorldTrust is a great organization that seeks to discuss issues of institutionalized racism through film and dialogue.  Check out this clip on “Understanding White Privilege” from their new film called Mirrors of Privilege.

What Would You Do? Barbershop Racism

Check out this clip of “What Would You Do?” when actors play out a situation where a Black female hairstylist hates on a Black man who has a White girlfriend to see how people will respond.

 

Dr. John Perkins: The Father of Christian Community Development

Dr. John Perkins has given his life to issues such as racial reconciliation and Christian community development, the idea that through what he calls the 3 R’s: relocation, reconciliation and redistribution we can change communities together.  His life and ministry have had a transforming impact on my life.  Check out these two videos about his life and read one of his books: With Justice for All: A Strategy for Community Development, Let Justice Roll Down or Restoring At-Risk Communities.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: A Window into the Civil Rights Movement

Look for a special advance screening of Christopher Paul Curtis’s Newberry Honor award winning book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, in your area, or catch it on the Hallmark Channel.  Set in 1963 during the Civil Rights Movement, it’s a great book/film to read, watch and discuss with your child or a young person in your life.

 

The church as the place to answer the problem of race in America?

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, I felt compelled to post this article from Pastor Peter Chin entitled, “Will We Ever Get Beyond Race?” where he says that we are both George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin and that the church may be the place where we can come to understand each other across racial lines.  Indeed, his story is mine.  You can read more about my story in this book: A Transforming Vision: Multiethnic Fellowship in College and the Church.

I’ve posted this video before, but also felt compelled to bring it back to serve as an encouragement and hope in these times: