From slavery to lynching, mass incarceration, & the death penalty | Reimagining Justice This Month

Reimagining Justice This Month highlights stories about effective responses to violence – responses that disrupt cycles of violence, heal trauma, and address structural racism.

A Visit to Montgomery’s Legacy MuseumThe New Yorker
Recently, EJUSA staff  visited the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL, to reflect upon history of and present-day structures of racism in the United States. This article highlights the experiences of two friends – one black and one white – visiting the museum and reflecting upon the intimate connections between slavery, lynching, mass incarceration, and the death penalty. For the authors, moving through the Memorial is as much a reckoning with the nation’s history as it is a recognition of personal connections, past, present, and future.

In Detroit’s busiest ER, a man with his own dark past tries to halt a cycle of violence, The Los Angeles Times
This profile of Ray Winans, whose life experience drives him to disrupt cycles of violence, illuminates the deep and lasting effects of community-wide trauma, as well as the hope and possibility that comes from treating violence as the public health crisis it is. This spotlight on the incredible work of one of our Trauma Network members shows the challenges and possibilities of reimagining justice as responses to violence that are focused on healing and wellbeing across a range of systems. Continue Reading →