Monday's Call: "Occupy for Prisoners" w/ special guest 
Molly Rowan Leach, host of "Restorative Justice"



We're honored to have Molly Rowan Leach, host of the leading-edge dialogue series for Evolutionary Lawyers and a series on "Unitive and Restorative Justice and Social Healing in the US and b...

Molly will spark conversation Monday morning for a topic that is on the hearts and minds of many–a just and humane prison system.  This has been echoed by the #Occupy movement via Occupy for Prisoners. 

Should the prison system be a privatized source of profit?  What can be done about wealthy corporations that drive prison legislation and, in turn, reap windfall profits from filling empty beds and slave-wage prison labor?  How do we secure guarantees for prisoners' human rights?  How did get to be a problem?  What can be done? 

We look forward to your participation, energy and support for this vital concern for restoring the health and well-being of our society.  regarding the health 


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Here are resources from our restorative justice conversation:

Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles video

Restorative Justice & Social Healing Telecouncil Series
hosted by Molly Rowan Leach of Mali Rowan Presents (Archives posted of Sylvia Clute, Dominic Barter, James O’Dea, and many more):

Restorative Justice Online:

Kay Pranis, “The Little Book of Circle Processes” : A New/Old Approach to Peacemaking (The Little Books of Justice & Peacebuilding

Sylvia Clute, author of “Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality”

Dominic Barter and Restorative Circles:

Kenny Johnson, former inmate, author of “The Last Hustle” or

Connect with Molly Rowan Leach at Twitter @malirowan email: and the free telecouncil series:

James O’Dea & Dr. Judith Thompson, “International Social Healing Project Report”:
James O’Dea is former Director Amnesty Int’l Wash. D.C. and an Internationally renowned peacebuilder and social healer. Dr. Judith Thompson and he traveled to Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, N. Ireland and convened a group of international practitioners of social justice and healing in Boston. This report covers examples of Restorative Justice in Rwanda, examples of restorative practices in other parts of the world, and the foundational issues and questions of wounding and crime cycles.

Occupy For Prisoners:

I am moved to share this link to the 40 Rules of Love. (Heather Tischbein)

Today's conversation re: restorative justice opened a powerful discourse for our cafe.  The topic of justice and the prison system here in the US is deep and wide.  It is an area where social and economic justice have collapsed into one another to form a black hole in America's soul.  Our culture tends to believe the myth that slavery ended (repeat of above link) back around the time of the civil war.  It didn't really end then and is currently at a scale that dwarfs those earlier days. We need to look at this issue as it is, call it for what it is and be appalled that the United States of America has industrialized and "legitimized" slavery through the prison system. 

We will continue programming on the justice system for the future.  I was speaking to Molly just a short while ago and suggested Occupy Cafe might open a section for Restorative Justice.  I advocate a way for people to understand how to take action in their communities to install systems for justice that honors human value and potential.  Anyone else who feels moved in this direction.  There are quite a number of channels to open for discussion:

  • Prison-industrial complex lobbying (ALEC)
  • profit driven criminalization
  • slave labor
  • human rights and prison conditions
  • racial targeting for numbers and profit
  • victim-less crimes
  • non-prosecuted blue blood criminality (Wall St.)
  • restorative justice
  • punitive justice

to name just a few for illumination.

Check the audio above to hear the conversation.


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