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Sep 30, 2009
'Talking stick' helps facilitate restorative justice response to destructive behaviors
from Barbara Bradley's article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal:
Getting to know the neighbors took on a new dimension recently at a
gathering of residents at a Southeast Memphis apartment complex.
Summoned as part of a neighborhood watch program, they were asked to
form a circle and pass a "talking stick." They were told to speak only
about themselves, and only the one who held the stick could speak. As
if by sorcery, the talking stick drew out stories so painful several
people burst into tears and another fled the room.