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JOY PARTAIN (CENTER) WITH TWO OTHER SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This super workshop poster was created by member Eva Soltes for a hand drumming workshop by fellow member Master Percussionist Big Black* at her Harrison House conference and retreat center in Joshua Tree, CA
Every member who joins WeDoPeace.com has his/her own "MYPage" for creating his/her profile, add photos & videos and write a blog etc.
Our WeDoPeace Travel Club arranges for members to travel to places to meet up with peacemakers where the quest for peace with justice has succeeded or is still a work in progress .
Members familiar with the culture act as social hosts on our tours which are lead by guides from the leading travel companies; (i.e., Oya Tiglioglu Zacker who leads our tours in Turkey )
Our attention has for some time been directed at the broad goal of ending violence in this world. Conflict is normal, violence is not! Conflict can be resolved without violence if people know how to do peace. Accordingly, we have concluded that our communities cannot be truly peaceful until they expend the time, effort and resources needed to teach all of their residents the skills they need to do peace in the living of their daily lives.
This is our vision for achieving a world without violence. It calls for people to make their towns and cities into WeDoPeace Communities. They do this by joining our social network WeDoPeace at wedopeace.com. Once members they can then use the Create A Circle Tab to create an online neighborhood peace circle where they can invite others in their area to join them online. Once they have a handful or more of online members they can schedule a meeting and post notice of it on wedopeace.org,. our organizational website where upcoming meetings and events of peace circles are publicized.
Their local peace circle enables them to do two things – first, it allows them to be able to deal with their own local concerns using a variety of types of peacemaking circles including community circles, healing circles, support circles, etc. and second, it allows them to band together with other neighborhood circles to persuade their community leaders:
To adopt our Educational Model-WeDoPeace 101 that advocates and supports the teaching of social & emotional learning skills and peacemaking skills to all children in all of schools from daycare thru high school graduation;
To adopt our Restorative Justice/Justice Reinvestment Model – WeDoPeace RJ/JR advocates and supports the reform of our criminal justice system by using restorative justice practices and by redirecting and reinvesting incarceration facility funding into social agencies within the resettlement community;
To adopt our Community-Wide Peacemaking Model – WeDoPeace Teams that support the formation of teams composed of qualified peacemakers available to residents requesting assistance in resolving non-emergency types of conflicts and disputes;
To support our Peace Rewards Model - WeDoPeace Rewards is an incentive program whereby WeDoPeace Volunteers receive Peace Rewards for the work they do for our charitable and non-profit partners with the generous assistance of our participating WeDoPeaceRewards Redemption Partners in the business community.
To support both of our websites: wedopeace.com to create a new neighborhood peace circle or to join an existing one; or wedopeace.org they can schedule meetings and also coordinate their peace efforts with those of other circles in their community and beyond.
The goal of WeDoPeace101 is to devise a way for every one on this planet to be taught and trained in the social & emotional learning skills called SEL while they are still in daycare or in kindergarten. Then beginning in the first grade and all the way thru high school they are all taught and trained in the basic peacemaking skills of negotiation, mediation and peace circles. Those out of school are taught these skills thru online instruction. Unfortunately attaining this goal is a challenge because many officials who run our schools refuse to adopt these essential reforms or just delay in adopting them.
Our mission is to change this by letting our school officials know that new research shows that teaching kids the skills they need to get along with each other (SEL) and the skills to be able to resolve their own differences (negotiation, mediation and peace circles) dramatically improves the learning climate in the classroom leading in turn to higher test scores, higher academic achievement and higher graduation rates.
Another benefit to the community is that by students mastering peacemaking skills, schools are able to use student-based peace circles to replace failed zero tolerance discipline programs, long known as “school to prison pipelines”. These now discredited programs filled up our prisons with first time & low tier offenders; destroying tens of thousands of lives and families in the process.
For a variety of reasons, many school boards, superintendents and principals will not voluntarily adopt WeDoPeace101 or any of its counterparts without direct pressure from the community. That is one of the reasons why we encourage people to form neighborhood WeDoPeaceCircles – so as to be able to band together with other neighborhood circles to persuade their leaders to adopt WeDoPeace101.
We have not tried to reinvent the wheel in crafting the programs of WeDoPeace nor in the drafting of this handbook. Our models do not specify the use of any one particular program or set of programs. For example, there is a selection of SEL programs for Pre-K thru elementary schools, middle schools and high schools which have been reviewed and rated by CASEL on its website. Nor does WeDoPeace101 require that specific peacemaking programs be adopted by all schools. Rather it calls for a professional survey to be done by trainers from one of the qualified training entities that we work with, such as the Peace Center in Langhorne PA. The results of that survey are used to design a package of programs to create a WeDoPeace101 program to meet the specific needs of that school.
The same game plan applies for getting prosecutors, the judiciary and corrections departments to introduce the Restorative Justice and Justice Reinvestment reforms of our WeDoPeaceRJ/JR Model into their operations. Joint action is needed by neighborhood peace circles within a community to encourage their judicial officials to adopt these important and innovative criminal justice reforms.
WeDoPeaceRJ (Restorative Justice) allows first time and low tier offenders, who admit their wrongdoing, to enter into Sentencing Circles where they and their victims along with prosecutors and community volunteers, such as our members, can work out agreements pursuant to restorative justice principles whereby the offenders agree to heal the harm they have done to the victim(s) and restore the damage done to the community. If the offenders fulfill these restorative agreements their cases are dismissed by the Court and their arrest records can be expunged; it they do not fulfill these agreements their cases will be sent back to the Court.
WeDoPeaceJR (Justice Reinvestment) reallocates expenditures from incarceration facilities to social agencies within the community. It is based upon the realization of a growing number of states in the United States that they need to redirect their spiraling prison expenditures into long-term community resettlement investments since the justice system has not been capable of successfully resettling its large incarcerated populations back into their communities as evidenced by unacceptable rates of recidivism. These days, a typical re-entry task force brings together diverse agencies, including those dealing with workforce development, health and housing and child welfare, since former prisoners need access to neighborhood services for the homeless, mentally ill, drug addicted, and are also likely to have children at risk as well. Justice Reinvestment is needed to provide these agencies with the necessary funding they need to bring recidivism rates down and thus help to curtail prison populations and resultant burdensome public expenditures.
WeDoPeace Teams are a network of qualified peacemakers who are available across the community as needed by its residents. While some states have established mediation and justice centers in their communities, many have not. In these states often the only way residents have access to peacemaking services such as mediation and peace circles is by starting a legal action or by being a defendant in small claims court. Peace Team members are independent contractors who all work on a sliding scale administered by WeDoPeace.
WeDoPeaceVolunteers & Partners are a variety of entities including businesses, charities, governmental agencies and NGO’s that we and our volunteers partner with using our incentive-based WeDoPeaceRewards program to help each other reach our respective outreach goals in the community. Volunteer hours donated by our members are certified to us by a variety of NGO’s and charities in order for us to reward our members for their unselfish service to the community. These rewards can then in turn be redeemed at any of our Peace Rewards Redemption Partners. These businesses can be readily identified by the legend “WeDoPeaceRewards” emblazoned on window stickers, signage and advertisements.
WeDoPeace.com is a comprehensive user-friendly free social network site where our members find a multitude of services, tools and benefits to create a profile on their own page, start a blog, post photos and videos etc. At the Marketplace Tab they can also find great discounts since WeDoPeace is a participating partner of Working Advantage. This discount site provides our members and ten million others steep discounts in a multitude of services, events and attractions. WeDoPeace also offers its members at its Marketplace Tab a discount coupon store with tons of daily discounts of all kinds. At that same location members find an assortment of other bargains including peace related goods along with a cadre of courses and seminars, including those of the Shift Network.
The main function of this website is to provide a gathering place for those seeking a means to change the violent culture of this planet into a culture of peace. It is meant to be a place where members can find other like-minded residents of their home towns and cities with whom they can form a neighborhood peace circle for the purpose bringing about the changes needed for peace to prevail. It is our belief that cooperation between neighborhood-based peace circles will provide the leverage we must have in order to make all our cities into WeDoPeace Communities.
WeDoPeace.org website is an organizational site that not only explains how our circles work but also where persons can find the location of a peace circle in their area. It also provides meeting dates of upcoming events and provides contact information for each circle. Overtime we expect this site to become a comprehensive resource to assist in the formation, operation, growth and success of our neighborhood peace circles.
WeDoPeaceCircles are formed in all kinds of communities of peace seekers. Our peace circles can be residentially- based in apartment complexes or in single family subdivisions, faith-based, business-based, club-based, team-based, school-based, etc. The only requisite is a mutually held desire to bring peace to this one small beautiful planet which we all share.
If you would like to see your town or city become a “WeDoPeace Community” then please join our free website: wedopeace.com. In addition to finding a lot of great membership benefits, you can learn how to organize a committee of local volunteers to…Continue
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