Healing Justice Documentary & Dialogue Series
Jan 5 / Jan 12 / Jan 19, 2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
Free and open to the public
Virtual on Zoom:
Healing Justice, explores the causes and consequences of the current North American justice system and its effect on marginalized communities. The film walks back through the history of violence that has led to our current system, bringing into focus the histories of trauma – on a personal, interpersonal, community, and generational level. This powerful documentary addresses the school-to-prison pipeline, the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and the importance of healing and restorative practices.
Some questions to reflect on as you watch the documentary:
- What is your response to the statement: “Ours is a justice system that harms people who harm people to show that that harming people is wrong and so our system just replicates that harm”?
- What would our justice system look like if it were to focus on rehabilitation and redemption?
- There is a healing shift shared in the film. Did you perceive that shift? What did you hear and see in the film that confirms what might allow that shift to happen?
We have modified timing and viewing for these events and invited guest speakers for the rest of the series. Please see below for the updated schedule.
Tuesday January 12, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM -
Viewing of Part 2 (Redefining Justice) & 3 (Power of Healing) of the documentary together, followed by guest speakers:
- Dr. Michael Awkward, University of Michigan, African-American History Department, who has written several books on African American cultural trauma and is currently writing about literature and film exploring the deaths of young black males.
- Ms. Susan Butterwick, Judicial Attorney & Referee, Trial Court of Washtenaw County, and Peacemaking Court
- The Honorable Judge Erane C. Washington, 14B District Court of Washtenaw County
Tuesday January 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Full viewing of the entire documentary together, followed by guest speakers:
- Mr. Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney
- Ms. Victoria Burton-Harris, Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Please feel free to join us for one or both of these days!
We have found that every time we watch this documentary,
we learn something new and profound that changes our perspective.