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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.

Bdote confluence of Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, Dakota sacred site

Harm Dependent No More

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          

“Books ARE a form of political action. Books are knowledge. Books are reflection. Books change your mind.”

                                                         —Toni Morrison

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You’ll get an automatic discount when you order 10 or more LJP books!  10-49 books: 20%, 50-99 books: 30%  PLEASE CALL US FOR ORDERS OF 100+ BOOKS

(Books from other publishers and e-books are excluded.)

New Discussion and Reflection Guide for Creating Restorative Schools, by Martha A. Brown, Ph.D.  Free download here!

Overcoming Racism: The Power of Truth Telling

Annual Conference November 11-12, 2022 at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN

Friday Keynote: Kao Kalia Yang, The Power of Truth in Storytelling

Saturday Performers: JUSTmove (David Scherer and Joe Davis)

Propose a Workshop for Overcoming Racism: The Power of Truth Telling – DEADLINE EXTENDED to JULY 28, 2022

We especially encourage community organizers and those using visual and performing arts, in addition to spoken word and writing, to propose a workshop. Please visit our website to learn more details about the 2022 Overcoming Racism Conference and submit your workshop for consideration.

Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking, UMN Duluth

Colorizing Restorative Justice: An Ongoing Discussion

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM CST(3 hours) Via Zoom

Presented by Sheryl Wilson, Living Justice Press author. Sheryl has been a practitioner, trainer and educator in restorative justice for twenty years and has had the honor of working with individuals from around the world in her practice. 

An interactive workshop on calling out whiteness in RJ spaces, facilitated by Sheryl Wilson, one of the authors featured in the 2020 book, Colorizing Restorative Justice. How do People of Color (POC) survive in hyper-racialized White systems? How can White people check their fragility and develop the moral muscle to join the struggle for justice? This session provides a pathway to authentic, meaningful conversations about racism within the spaces of restorative work.

News / Information / Articles

By Robert C. Koehler, commonwonders.com, 8/3/22

“I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous Peoples.”

So said Pope Francis last week, at a powwow in Alberta, at the start of his “apology tour” across Canada — for the participation of the Catholic Church in the multi-century horror of Native American “residential schools” on this continent …

By Stewart Huntington in Rapid City, SD, The Guardian, 8/6/22

In South Dakota, the Oyate Court – made up of Lakota elders – uses traditional peacemaking principles to stress healing over punishment.

 

By Tyler Young, Native Cairns, July 11, 2022, nativecairns.org

“We conclude that the Federal government and the State have concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute crimes committed by non-Indians against Indians in Indian Country.”

By Matt Homrich-Knieling, edutopia.org, 7/20/22

When restorative justice is implemented on a schoolwide level, it has the potential to transform relationships between teachers and students.

By Jonathan Baines, MD; Valerie DeCora Guimaraes, MA, RN; Marcy AverillIndian Country Today, June 2, 2022

Mayo Clinic and Dakota tribal elders discussed ways that Mayo could honor Marpiya te najin and what would be appropriate

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

By John Rennie Short, The Conversation, 3/14/22

Global flashpoints, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Chinese actions in Xinjiang, share a common background: a previous history of invasion and occupation.

The idea that anti-racist is a code word for “anti-white” is the claim of avowed extremists.

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