Restorative Justice Issue Call

On July 27, Luis J. Rodriguez, the Justice Party 2012 Vice Presidential candidate, will discuss restorative justice, gang peace, prevention/intervention, and prison reform. With Luis will be his son Ramiro, who has done a total of 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and who is presently gang free, drug free and crime free. Ramiro was most recently a gang prevention/intervention specialist for BUILD in Chicago and is currently talking with Luis in California and other states on the re-imagination of incarceration/alternative sentencing and the end of the prison industrial complex. Luis will also talk about the close to a year-and-half old gang peace in El Salvador that has resulted in up to a 60 percent drop in violence in one of the most violent countries in the world. And what is being done in Los Angeles and Chicago, the two most gang-ridden cities in the U.S. for peace and justice.

Luis is a co-founder of the Network for Revolutionary Change, trying to fill the gap of strategic and unified leadership among the poor, the pushed-out, the dismissed, and forgotten. He's also co-founder of the nonprofit Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore and its publishing wing, Tia Chucha Press, in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. He has fifteen published books in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and children's literature, including the bestselling 1993 memoir Always Running, La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. and its 2011 sequel, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. His writings have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicano Tribune, The Progressive, Philadelphia Inquirer magazine, The Nation, L.A. Weekly, U.S. News & World Report, Fox News Latino, and the Huffington Post, among others.

RSVP below. Please note the call will take place at 12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10 MT, 9 PT


Additional Resources


National Gathering for Peace

Barrios Unidos. Institute for Peace and Community Development

Youth Justice Coalition

Homies Unidos

Homeboy Industries

Center for Reformative Justice at Loyola

Prison privatization

Reports and Articles:

Restorative Justice Practices of Native American, First Nation and Other Indigenous People of North America: Part One

The High Budgetary Cost of Incarceration

Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration

Take Action:

Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity

Pending Legislation:

Gang Prevention/Intervention Bill

RSVP below. Please note the call starts at 12PM ET, 11AM CT, 10AM MT, 9AM PT.

Questions? Contact Linda Boyd

July 27, 2013 at 12pm - 1pm
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  • This is Carlos Rodriguez from Chicago.
    I think it’s important to define what Balanced and Restorative Justice is. Here in Illinois, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 1998 has been in existence for 25 years. This Act is not really being implemented. Can you address what BARJ should look like?