A nonprofit publisher for restorative justice since 2002
Living Justice Press acts as a catalyst for rethinking what justice means in every aspect of life. Our books explore how we can respond to harms and conflicts in ways that promote understanding, healing, and positive change – from personal to systemic. Our books are useful for restorative justice practitioners and educators, as well as the general public.
An Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
We at Living Justice Press acknowledge that the land we live and work on here in Minnesota rightfully belongs to the Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Ho-Chunk Peoples. Our ancestors stole this land from their ancestors through genocide. We benefit from the land, while the Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Ho-Chunk descendents do not.
The institutionalized mass harms of white supremacy and settler colonialism continue, having terrorized and killed the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas and Africa for more than five centuries.
We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement that is now leading the struggle to fight these systems of racial oppression. And we stand with Indigenous Peoples who call for honoring treaties and returning stolen Native land. This stand is a first step in truth and reconciliation among our peoples.
In 2007, I started writing a book entitled Harm-Dependent No More: Who Are We—Winners and Losers or Relatives? That was before the 2008 global financial collapse, before Obama, and before Trump. I wonder what will the world be like when I finally finish the book. — Denise Breton
Harm Dependent No More
“Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”
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April 12th through May 17th
Join co-hosts Restorative Justice on the Rise and Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice once a week starting April 12th through May 17th for this fascinating, inspiring dive into the “edge” of restorative justice globally, featuring a stellar first session with Fania Davis, Howard Zehr, Kay, Pranis, and Edward C Valandra. With speakers each week from around the world.
The conversation will provide a brief history of the Doctrine of Discovery; describe the impact on Indigenous and African people- past and present, and explore ways we can come together for our collective healing.
The event is April 12 on Facebook Live. A Facebook account is not needed to view, though it is needed to RSVP or comment. Time: 4-5:30 pm (PT), 6-7:30 pm (CST). and 7-8:30 pm (ET)
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Spread the word! A new book from Dr. Crystena A. H. Parker-Shandal (who is featured in the LJP book Colorizing Restorative Justice as Christina Parker) focuses on how teachers can transmit and practice values through classroom circles that attend to and empower all students’ voices.
Published by Palgrave Macmillan – available on Springer Link
NEWS / ARTICLES / OPINIONS
By Bill Chappell, NPR News, 3/30/23
Nearly 500 years after papal decrees were used to rationalize Europe’s colonial conquests, the Vatican repudiated those decrees on Thursday, saying the “Doctrine of Discovery” that was used to justify snuffing out Indigenous people’s culture and livelihoods is not part of the Catholic faith.
By Chloe Veltman, NPR.com, 3/15/23
Indigenous leaders and activists have mixed feelings about land acknowledgments. While some say they are a waste of time, others are working to make the well-meaning but often empty speeches more useful.
Web Exclusive DECEMBER 23, 2022, Democracy Now!
In a speech titled, “Latinos, Race and Empire,” Juan talked about his time with the Young Lords, the future of Puerto Rico, corporate America’s embrace of DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), and more.
By Shondiin Silversmith, Arizona Mirror, 3/3/23
The hearings allow commission members to hear directly from Indigenous communities impacted.
White supporters of racial justice around Buffalo have watched white nationalist ideologies creep into their communities. They’ve mobilized to convince people that white nationalism is not the answer.
All Things Considered, National Public Radio, 5/23/22, Adrian Florido interview with Erin Heaney of SURJ
RJ/Circle Practitioners & Trainers