– Film Showing & Discussion: “Healing Justice”

Ignatian Hall

time 9:00 am

January 19, 2019

Saturday January 19 the Racial Justice Subcommittee will show the video “Healing Justice” a video about the criminal justice system and the prison pipeline as it affects the system of justice in the African American society. Presented in 3 short segments each followed by a 20-minute group facilitated discussion. The 3rd discussion will be followed by a panel of attorneys and criminal justice specialists who will each speak for 3-5 minutes and then the floor will be open to questions.

The program will be from 9 AM -1 PM. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event.

About this Film

Our newest film,Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.

Designed for dialogue, Healing Justice is meant to prompt questions and open conversations, exploring trauma, justice, and healing:

  • What is justice, really?
  • How do our current structures discount and dehumanize young people of color as well as our poorest and most vulnerable citizens?
  • How does trauma impact us personally and interpersonally, as a community and throughout generations?
  • How do these histories affect who is perceived as a ‘perpetrator’ and a ‘victim’ of violence?
  • From the larger structure of the legal system, to how we treat youth in our communities; what are the alternatives to these models of addressing conflict?
  • How can we address and change the racism embedded in punitive judicial systems?
  • Why is healing on both individual and collective levels so important – and so often overlooked – components of justice?
  • How can restorative practices, such as restorative justice, be used to shift the way we address crime and violence in our communities to produce safer, healthier, thriving communities for all?

For the last 20 years, people have found our filmsto be effective pathways to building community and capacities for working towards justice and racial equity.

Watching films allow individuals to simultaneously self-reflect and learn while offering a common touchstone for conversations with others to discuss our deepest needs, hopes and strategies for creating a more just world.