First Hill’s Jim Erickson writes,
“In a recent conversation with my son we recalled stupid things that we each did as young adults. There is something about an immature mind inhabiting an adult body. I said that my worst fear was that he would be arrested and be locked up as a lone innocent among hardened criminals. For the first time, now that his son entered college in August, he understands my fears.
In this morning’s Seattle Times there is a report that two men, age 20 and 21, purchased some spray paint in an Art Store and proceeded to paint the City blue. The two men were booked into King County Jail. I feel the pain of the families who are learning about these arrests.
“Yesterday, I was one of a hundred people who formed a circle in the Garfield Community Center and began to learn about Restorative Justice. This was an Experimental Workshop & Planning Session for an East Precinct Pilot Project. Our convening questions were: How will a community/police restorative justice program as an alternative approach to crime, conflict and accountability foster resilient, empowered, safe and connected communities? How can we co-create this in the East Precinct of Seattle? How do you want to play?
Tony Marshall explains that “Restorative justice is a process whereby the parties with a stake in a particular offense come together to resolve collectively how to deal with the aftermath of the offense and its implications for the future.”
How can citizens of the East Precinct utilize the Restorative Justice practices? Is it possible to establish and restore right relationships among a community harmed by crime and the person/s causing the harm?
Andrea Brenneke, East Precinct resident and Director of the newly established City of Seattle Restorative Justice Initiative, will be our guest presenter at this Thursday’s EastPAC (East Precinct Advisory Council) meeting. Plan to attend and hear about this practice. It may be the solution you need to decrease the chronic nuisance crime on your neighborhood!
East Precinct Advisory Council Community Meeting
Thursday, September 26th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Seattle University, Chardin Hall, Room 144
1020 East Jefferson
Enter campus at 11th and East Jefferson – Park free in the lot in front of the building
Thank you to Seattle University for their partnership
and generous donation of our meeting space!