Today, I’m promoting Restorative Justice with Food. I know, it sounds like a stretch, but it’s not. I’m simply hosting the Board of the Brattleboro Community Justice Center to my home for a six-hour Extended Board Meeting, and feeding them while they’re here. It’s a simple menu of black bean soup, corn bread, salad, and a cake I still have to frost.
The menu’s a welcome change from the pizza we eat at our regular monthly meetings in one of those community rooms filled with odd chairs. Nevertheless, the pizza fuels us, and we get a lot done at those regular meetings, but this meeting is different: it’s a chance to dream and start to plan how to make the dreams come true. We need extra time and special fuel to get this work done. And I need more time preparing that fuel.
So if you want to know more about the BCJC, please check out our programs. And if you want to read (or listen) to stories about RJ and how it works in Vermont, you can find a list of my VPR Commentaries on Restorative Justice here.