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How to Build an Effective Discussion Group

Posted by World Trust Team on February 12, 2018

You’ve watched the film. You’ve felt its impact. Now what?

Healing Justice can bring up a lot of emotions in its viewers – and it is meant to. As we talked about in our brief overview of transformative learning, emotional reactions create a valuable avenue for change. To channel those emotions into action, we encourage viewers to form a discussion group where all members have seen the film.

World Trust has created a free, downloadable conversation guide to accompany the film and support ongoing discussions around the criminal legal system, its history, and its effects on communities of color today. The film and guide help to organize your group discussions so that you can move from emotion and reaction into action.

group_hug.pngAll participants’ voices are valued, and through collaboration you will explore what role you can play in undoing racism and connecting with others as we work for a more just judicial system. As we have shared in past blog posts, internal work begins with ourselves and our close communities first and it is part of a collective educational, reckoning and healing process that supports mass change.

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice

Transformative Learning theory

Posted by World Trust Team on February 12, 2018

Our most recent film, Healing Justice, is grounded in transformative learning theory (like all of World Trust’s films and curricula).

This learning model was developed by Jack Mezirow, who described transformative learning as “learning that transforms problematic frames of reference to make them more inclusive, discriminating, reflective, open, and emotionally able to change.”

What does transformational learning look like in practice?

One short video breaks it down nicely.

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice

On the Learning Edge: Somatics and Internal Work

Posted by World Trust Team on November 1, 2017

One method to address the effects of structural oppression – whether we are those who experience oppression or those from oppressive groups – is to incorporate body-based healing practices.

An example is generative somatics, a healing modality that seeks to “grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement – one that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo, and embodies the creativity and life affirming actions we need to forward systemic change.”

Somatics is an embodied practice and those who practice believe that internal work begins in the body.

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice

How We Can Promote Healing from Trauma through Restorative Justice Circles

Posted by World Trust Team on November 1, 2017

In a previous post, we discussed intergenerational trauma and how it can lead to harm in marginalized communities today. In that post, we highlighted the work of a 2012 report on addressing intergenerational trauma for Aboriginal youth living in Canada, which made mention of centering community healing practices, strengthening cultural identity, and building professional support networks as some ways to begin the process.

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, restorative justice, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice, judicial system

Replicating Violence: Intergenerational Trauma

Posted by World Trust Team on November 1, 2017

“Intergenerational trauma is the transmission of historical oppression and its negative consequences across generations.”

– ‘Intervention to Address Intergenerational Trauma’

“Colonization can be termed as historical trauma, intergenerational trauma. It’s trauma after trauma happening over and over again over the course of your life and then it’s been happening generation after generation before you. And so what happens is you end up with a lot of lateral violence and expression of pain going out to the people around you.”

– Harley Eagle, Dakota and Ojibiwe Cultural Safety Facilitator

 

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice, native americans, slavery

“If I Had Caught Them A Few Years Earlier…” - Perspectives on Who Experiences Violence

Posted by World Trust Team on October 31, 2017

"This notion of good guys and bad guys is really false. Every single one of my clients has had an incredibly traumatic past, and if I had caught them a few years earlier, if I had been engaged in their life a few years earlier, they would have been on the victim side instead of the offender side."

– Sujatha Baliga, Director of the Restorative Justice Project at Impact Justice and Healing Justice documentary participant

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice

the Release of “Healing Justice” and THE MEANING OF THE NAUTILUS

Posted by World Trust Team on October 30, 2017

Healing Justice, our most recent documentary, supports the engagement necessary for the work of addressing and healing the racism embedded in our current justice system. The development of new narratives provides understanding of structural oppression while also sparking the public will necessary to change it. 

Take a look at the image on the cover of Healing Justice.  Recessed in the back of the cell, past the bent bars, is a blue glowing nautilus shell.  

We chose the nautilus shell because it is a powerful image of growth and expansion as seen in nature. Its growth is predictable, yet as it expands into more and more space, it symbolizes the freedom to change, build and grow.

The nautilus is meant to inspire and remind us that our movements can begin from a place of small concentrated energy and grow into a more just realityTake inspiration from the nautilus that, little by little, we can build together and unfold into a new shape.

Also, please consider reading the “Meditation on the Spirals of the Nautilus” for further inspiration.

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Topics: Talk about Race, #WorldTrust, Healing, nautilus, trauma, Healing Justice, racial justice

our current school-to-prison pipeline is a national civil rights crisis

Posted by World Trust Team on October 30, 2017

Beloved community,

There is a growing awareness that our current school-to-prison pipeline is a national civil rights crisis.

Our U.S. history is rife with the mistreatment and exploitation of people of color and poor people in ways that result in social, economic and educational isolation.

Historical needs for cheap labor have fueled myths, stereotypes, and racist ideologies that have led to discriminatory laws, policies, practices and court rulings that continue to fuel racial violence that are reflected in our current prison justice system. 

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Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

A Way Forward: Build Coalitions to Make Change

Posted by World Trust Team on July 24, 2017

To create a world that is racially equitable and just, we need coalitions comprised of multi-racial participants who can truly hear each other. We need to form a healthy way of interacting. Organizations and infrastructure cannot function effectively without a shared foundation of trust, openness, and mutual respect. In our film, Light in the Shadows: Staying at the Table when the Conversation about Race Gets Hard, we see that positive change arises when we deeply understand ourselves, and can be open to creating a rapport with others.

Our summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing concludes this week. As we wrap up, here are several ideas that can help you develop mutually beneficial relationships within social justice advocacy work that supports change. These tips similar to the themes we've explored this Summer from Light in the Shadows  are timeless.

Notice inherent patterns in the systems that polarize us. To change something we have to be able to name it. Observe the extreme conservatism, us-versus-them rhetoric, and individualism, as opposed to the calls for radical connection and communal organizing. 

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Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace

Giving each other space to be more human

Posted by World Trust Team on July 18, 2017

Light in the Shadows Q+A with Dr. Intisar Shareef

Last week, we posted an interview with Light in the Shadows participant Penny Rosenwasser. Today, we share our interview with Dr. Intisfar Shareef, another woman who sat at the film’s roundtable and discussed race and its impact. If you’re not familiar with Light in the Shadows, watch this trailer

The women featured in the film were social justice advocates from varied racial and professional backgrounds. Shareef, an African American woman, says she became politically aware of herself in relationship to institutions through early experiences in the Nation of Islam. Intisar had already participated in World Trust’s first film, The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America before arriving on the set of Light in the Shadows. Here, she reflects on her time on set and the long path our society has taken to be able to discuss these issues more openly.

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Topics: Talk about Race, Summer of #JusticeandRacialHealing, #WorldTrust, #YesJusticeYesPeace