In this episode of the podcast, we talk with my longtime friend and colleague Cynthia Zwicky about the ancient tradition and emerging movement field of Restorative Justice. While we talk about Cynthia’s experience primarily within the context of the education system, we also reflect on how the practice of restorative justice can provide a vital foundation for much of the social justice work we do. We also discussed how institutionalized power and privilege in the pursuit of justice often results in prioritizing the peace and comfort of those in power rather then well being of the community as a whole. Finally, Cynthia shares her experience first bringing restorative methodologies to her North Minneapolis school, the challenges she faced in doing so, and the ultimate successes her school achieved as a result.
I also chat about what I’ve been up to so far this year, what I’ve got coming up, and a sneak preview of our next few episodes.