North Puget Sound Conference On Race
This is the 5th Annual North Puget Sound Conference on Race. It is sponsored and organized by Communities of Color Coalition (C3). C3 is a 501(3)(c) Non-Profit organization. C3s Mission: Working with community to advocate for social justice, cultural and religious respect, and human rights. This years conference will be held at UW Bothell Campus. We are working with the UWB Director of Diversity, Dr. Terryl Ross and the Director of Integrated Learning, Dr. Claire Peinado Fraczek.
C3 has joined forces with UW Bothell as they are having their annual Diversity and Inclusion observation culminating Friday with a Conference. C3 will participate in that conference and conclude with our annual Conference on Race Saturday, April 9, 2016.
There are several other community agencies that will participate and support this effort. The highlights for this event are:
Dr. Fania Davis, Keynote Speaker
Dr. Fania Davis is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). Coming of age in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963 Sunday School bombing crystallized within Fania a passionate commitment to social transformation. For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black liberation, womens, prisoners, peace, anti-racial violence and anti-apartheid movements. After receiving her law degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1979, Fania practiced almost 27 years as a civil rights trial lawyer.
During the mid-1990s, she entered a PhD program in indigenous studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly in Africa. Since receiving her PhD in 2003, Fania has been engaged in a search for healing alternatives to adversarial justice. She has taught Restorative Justice at San Francisco s New College Law School and Indigenous Peacemaking at Eastern Mennonite University s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. She writes and speaks on these subjects.
The search for a healing justice also led Fania to bring restorative justice to Oakland. In addition to being the current Executive Director of RJOY, Fania also serves as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She recently received the Ubuntu award for service to humanity. Fanias research interests include exploring the indigenous roots, particularly the African indigenous roots, of restorative justice. Fania is also a mother of two children, a dancer, and practitioner of yoga.
The 180 Program reaches youth who are facing their first or second low-level misdemeanor offense, and instead of filing charges against the young offenders in Juvenile Court, the PAO invites them to participate in a half-day workshop sponsored by community members. The youth also engage in small group exercises where they talk about the issues affecting them and receive personal direction on how to make a change in their lives.
The University of Washington has conducted a year-long evaluation of the 180 Program, and preliminary results reveal that it is a very effective program in inspiring youth to want to make positive changes in their lives. The evaluation also shows that the 180 Program inspires youth to view themselves in a more positive light and empowers them to believe that they can make better choices. Of the 353 youth who attended the 180 Program workshops, more than half were youth of color. Preliminary evaluation data indicate that the 180 Program is very effective and that it positively impacts the vast majority of youth who attend, regardless of race, age, and gender.
Diverting young offenders out of our juvenile court system also generates considerable financial savings in public defense, detention and court costs, but a more sustainable value of the 180 Program is to reach young people in a personal way, to get them to express their goals for their lives, and to get them back on a positive track toward those dreams, and away from criminal activity on the streets.
The 180 Program utilizes the power of the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the personal connection of their communities in a unique collaboration to reduce ongoing crime, save county resources and invest in the positive aspects of a future generation.
In addition, there will be a segment focused on mental health. The Mental health session will be led by Dr. Hoa Appel, a leading research and university instructor, and Judge Tam Bui, a Snohomish County District Judge. There will be a session lead by the Northwest Justice Project a Project and a session lead by labor with David Ortiz as the Moderator. Contributions in the form of Essays from the Black Prisoner Caucus (BPC) and University Beyond Bars (UBB) from Monroe State Reformatory.
There will be a Light breakfast and a buffet style lunch. The Program will conclude with a segment on Spoken Word. There has been an added section on Spoken Word Featuring Nikkita Oliver,a two-time Women of the World rep for the Seattle Poetry Slam (2013, 2014), a member of the 2013 Seattle Poetry Slam National Team, a member of the 2013 UW College and University Poetry Team, and took 19 of 72 poets at the Individual World Poetry Slam in 2013. In her free time she is a law student, teaching artist, singer/song writer, and god mama to the worlds most beautiful twin gals! And Komplex Kai, Indigenous & Indigenius: Native hip-hop Komplex Kai raps a rez reality.This is a free event.
Discovery Hall UW Bothell (View)
11122 NE 180th Street
Bothell, WA 98011
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