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.
Ellie Lemire says
Your menu of black bean soup and corn bread is perfect for an important meeting at this part of the year. I’m sure that your hearty luncheon will fuel the soul and the brain for all the work you need to discuss.
Now—are you willing to share your recipe for black bean soup? I am hopeless making soup unless I have a recipe. It would be appreciated.
Deborah Lee Luskin says
Hi Ellie, I used Julia Moskin’s “Best Black Bean Soup from the New York Times. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018592-best-black-bean-soup
It’s very good, but be warned: it makes a lot!