I have the privilege of representing CLUE as a member of the Restorative Justice Workgroup of Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities. Restorative Justice is all about healing relationships after a person’s actions lead to harm. In Santa Ana, the Workgroup is focused on reducing the school-to-prison pipeline, exploring solutions to the criminalization of youth, and creating community support for positive choices.
Three years ago, schools in vulnerable California neighborhoods began benefiting from a more equitable funding system. This system required each district to develop concrete accountability plans to address their students' needs. RJW immediately recognized the opportunity for long-term impact by influencing some ambitious goals for this plan. We worked to make sure it included full implementation of school-wide positive behavior interventions and support with according to Restorative Justice principles:
The creation of a School Climate Committee
Setting a clear role for police and probation to reduce arrests and excessive force and to end all deportations
Bullying prevention policy and training
This is great news, but we also know the work is far from complete. This year we are working hard to secure:
School Climate Committee accountability and transparency
Meaningful implementation of Restorative Practices in all schools district-wide
We would love it if you could join us in this work! Santa Ana’s RJW will be hosting Community Building Circles every other Monday night beginning October 10th.This is a restorative practice that builds trust, relationship, and restoration of community.We will meet at 6 o’clock at The Corbin Center, 2215 W McFadden Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92704.