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Sex offender project in limbo amid funding flap
But a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan said Monday that no decisions have been made.
Andrew McWhinnie, head of Circles of Support and Accountability, said he was personally informed of the rejection last Friday by Robert Cormier of the National Crime Prevention Centre, which falls under Van Loan's ministry.
It's the first time the circles program, a Canadian community-based group that has been copied internationally, has sought major federal funds.
Let's talk about global exploitation
It seems that most people I dialogue with about this reality agree that conditions such as Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE), the CSE of children, human trafficking, and debt bondage, are intolerable; yet, these and so many other atrocities persist and even flourish at the global level. All types of organizations exist that are dealing with the different types of global exploitation, some may have specific focus on certain types of exploitation or certain areas of the world while others may deal with the problem more broadly. What is clear in all aspects of this type of work is that it requires you to be involved. Oftentimes, people start hearing the stories of survivors, understanding the secrets behind the trades, and realizing how horrific the reality of global exploitation really is, and it just becomes overwhelming, so overwhelming that paralysis hits and no action is taken, especially when it sinks in just how close to home it can hit. It should make you angry, even sad, but we want to channel that emotion into action not paralysis.
Dignity in schools: an unexcused absence
“A school should not feel like a prison. A school should feel positive, safe and welcoming. A school should feel like a second home. As I walk through the doors of my school, I want to be treated with dignity.” These are the words of Vernard Carter, a rising 10th grade Rethinker at a well-attended press conference held July 23, 2009.
The Rethinkers – or Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools – know how to zero in on the basics. First (in 2007 and 2008) they tackled bathrooms and lunches, with marked success, and now they are addressing safety and dignity. What could be more basic?
Tagging and restorative justice
A recent story caught my eye. According to the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles tagger Cyrus Yazdani, who goes by Buket, has been sentenced to 3 years and 8 months for his tagging efforts.
This is not the first time this notorious tagger has been caught and fined. Yazdani, a 26-year old college graduate from San Jose State, is a prolific tagger who does his tagging in broad daylight. The amount of damage caused by Yazdani's graffiti is in the range of $150,000. And that's got to be on the low side. Most of the damage has been done in Los Angeles; authorities say he's tagged hundreds of freeway overpasses. Is this a fair and just sentence? What do you do with a serial tagger? How would a justice system based on the principles of restorative justice see this case?
Excellence in Education Award given for restorative practices
from the Milwaukee Public Schools Board Minutes:
Each month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors recognizes an outstanding school, student, staff member, or parent or community member for a display of excellence, achievement, and innovation that may serve as an example to our school district and the entire Milwaukee community. This month, the Milwaukee Board of School Directors is pleased to present the “Excellence in Education Award” to John Chisholm, Paul Dedinsky, Lovell Johnson, David Lerman and Gary Mahkorn of the Restorative Pracices Program and Milwaukee District Attorney's Office (Safe School/Healthy Students Partner).