Help Get the Word Out
Communities for Restorative Justice began in 2000 when two women in the community cared passionately about offering another option to people affected by crime. From those founders, C4RJ now engages 100 volunteers from 10 towns who serve a range of roles, and with varying time commitments. Some enjoy working directly on cases. Others prefer to engage on committee work or with ad hoc efforts. Here are a few suggestions depending on your level of interest.
- Tell your friends and neighbors about C4RJ. Mention it at the work water-cooler, at a cocktail party, or a holiday gathering. Highlight that restorative justice is “a constructive way to respond to crime” that can “hold offenders accountable directly to those they’ve harmed”, that “serves victims who are sometimes marginalized in a criminal justice process”, and that “involves community members in meaningful ways.” We are eager to raise awareness in the community and there’s nothing more powerful — or underestimated — than word of mouth.
- Host a movie night with a justice/restorative justice theme at your home. One suggestion: Take, starring Minnie Driver (visit here for a review). Contact C4RJ if you’d like some discussion questions or if you’d like to distribute information about restorative justice in the region.
- Organize a symposium event on the theme of restorative justice in your neighborhood, place of work or worship and invite a C4RJ representative to speak.
- If you are the unfortunate victim of a crime, ask your local police department for a restorative justice referral. Even if the department is not currently partnering with C4RJ, it’s likely that they’ll want to learn more and may do some research to make it happen.
- Write letters to the editor expressing interest in/support for the program. Letters to the editor are among the most widely read sections of the newspaper.
- Write letters to your local/state representative appealing for an increase in restorative justice options for those affected by crime. As we gain a regional presence, C4RJ will likely be more active in political advocacy.
- if you have suggestions on venues to speak about restorative justice in your community (parent-teacher groups, neighborhood associations, philanthropic efforts, church groups).
- with suggestions on possible sources of fundraising in your community (individual donors, church social action committees, businesses with philanthropic leanings, family foundations). Since there are no state mandates to offer restorative justice, C4RJ does not receive earmarked “restorative justice” funding for its work from the state or municipalities.
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