2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW

Blessings and Innoculation...

Posted by World Trust Team on Jul 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This clip featuring Jerry Tello, Director of the National Compadres Network, is our final clip from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW.  In it, Mr. Tello addresses the importance of culture, ritual and healing that supports his life-long social justice work.


As you watch this powerful clip, please reflect on the following:
1. What are the traditions and values of your family or community that have helped you heal? 

2. What healing do you currently need to work more effectively towards builidng a more just and equitable world?

3. What committments are you willing to make to engage in ongoing healing practices for yourself, your family and community?

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restorative justice circle

Posted by World Trust Team on Jul 18, 2016 1:19:12 PM

This clip from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW features Ethan Viets-VanLear, a participant in a Restorative Justice circle.  Ethan talks about the devastation of young black men who are responding to the conditions in which they live. As you watch, ask yourself and others these questions:
What is the impact of jail time and lives lost in communities across the United States? 

What might be some interventions that could prevent this kind of loss?
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An Example of Restorative Justice

Posted by World Trust Team on Jul 12, 2016 12:00:00 AM
Watch the clip, reflect on it, share it with others and have a conversation:
  • How did this story affect you?
  • Would you feel like you received justice if this happened to you?
  • What would it be like if you were in the place of the offender?
  • What would it be like if you were in the place of the person who had been harmed?
  • Do you think justice was served? 


Everyday we are throwing away opportunities to 
engage the talents and intellect of young people. The current punitive criminal justice practices limit a robust future by disproportionately targeting black and brown children, diminishing our collective future.  

Alternatives to our current system are emerging. There are practices, such as restorative justice, seeded in deep indigenous wisdom that are supporting significantly decreased recidivism rates.  These practices are gaining popularity in school districts and judicial systems around the country.  

In this clip from our upcoming film (coming in 2017) on Healing and Justice, Sujatha Baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice describes an example of a diversion process that restores wholeness and satisfaction to the person who was harmed and the person who did the harm. This type of outcome actually repairs, connects and expands communities. These types of outcomes contribute and impact the building a more equitable society for everyone!  
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2ND CLIP: Structural Racism and our Children

Posted by World Trust Team on Jun 27, 2016 9:47:59 AM

If we are to have a better world, we must take care of our children and understand the systems they are being raised in.

As you watch our second clip from our series, the Summer of #JusticeandHealing, ask yourself these questions:
What are the financial, human and community costs of the current judicial system?
Why do we think incarceration is the way to create safety - and safety for whom?
How do perceptions, fear of the "other" and the collateral consequences of poverty inform our current limited options for "justice"?
How can you be a voice for youth?

This clip featuring James Bell, Director of the W. Haywoord Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice and Fairness is from our 2016 Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW.  
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What DOES Justice MEAN TO YOU...

Posted by World Trust Team on Jun 22, 2016 1:03:55 PM

In this first clip of our Summer of #JusticeandHealing series, we explore ways of thinking about and defining the term "justice."  Watch this clip, share it with colleagues, friends and family and ask each other: 

What does justice mean to you?

What assumptions underlie our current system of justice?

In this clip, Fania E. Davis J.D., Ph.D. Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and Morris Jenkins, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services of SE Missouri State University offer perspectives on justice.  
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Posted by World Trust Team on Jun 16, 2016 10:13:58 AM

Last Summer, we offered
a series of free film clips  about racism and its impact on our society.  To this day we hear how deeply the clips supported meaningful and nuanced conversations. 

To continue to support your conversations, today we launch the Summer of #JusticeandHealingNOW! In the coming weeks we'll be offering free film clips on JUSTICE and HEALING, right to your inbox each week

The clips are from our upcoming film (coming in 2017) and explore:

  • How do you define the meaning of justice?

  • Why is addressing trauma such an important component of justice? 

  • How do our current structures create disproportionate outcomes for people, young people in particular of color as well as the poor and disenfranchised?

  • Why and how do our current structures need to be changed if we want to ensure that children are treated well?

The world is crying out for healing - healing of inequitable actions and of unfair, unjust systems.  And, equally important, the world is crying out for the deep internal healingthat allows us to more effectively come together to educate, organize and work towards a world that works for everyone.  In community we can heal, support and renew while sharing the analytical tools and facts that allow us to be effective.

At World Trust, for the last 20 plus years, we've found our films to be effective pathways to building community and capacities for working towards racial equity. Watching films and clips allows individuals to simultaneously self-reflect and learn while offering a common touchstone for conversations with others to discuss our deepest needs, hopes and strategies for creating a more just world.  

This summer we hope these film clips from our upcoming film will move, inspire, and invite you to engage in conversations with others - family members, friends, colleagues and community members. Feel free to share the clips as widely as you wish. We also will be #ConnectingGoodWork by featuring some like-minded organizations that work for an end to cycles of pain and suffering via our Facebook page. We can't wait to connect with you in the coming weeks! 

Towards Justice and Healing NOW, with love,
The World Trust Team
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Topics: Talk about Race, Shakti Butler, Community Building, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #ConnectingGoodWork, restorative justice, Race, Racism, bias, #TogetherForChange, Justice, Healing, systemic inequity, school to prison pipeline

Free Film Clips to Support your Conversations

For six weeks this Summer we are providing clips from a World Trust film, Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, currently in production (to be released in 2017). These clips are an invitation for you and your family, friends and colleagues to engage in conversations that explore the meaning of justice and its relationship to healing.

Our goal is to support national inquiry into:
  • What is justice, really?
  • Why is healing such an important component of justice?
  • How do we change minds, hearts and structures such that they align with creative, practical, productive and equitable outcomes geared towards building more equitable communities?
We hope these free film clips will move you, inspire you and spur on your conversations and work. Please share them widely!

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