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reClaimed: Dialogues on Justice and Kinship

Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor carry on a wide ranging discussion each week on restorative justice, current events, and faith.
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Charles Rotramel, Matt Russell, and Gregg Taylor lead a discussion on restorative justice, current events, and faith. New episodes post each Friday.

Jan 27, 2017

Charles and Gregg are joined by James Alison for a discussion about reclaiming the concepts of truth and reconciliation in our world's divisive moment. James Alison is a world-renowned theologian and writer who has lived and worked in the UK, Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States. He joins the pod from Madrid, Spain. His latest book is Jesus the Forgiving Victim: Listening for the Unheard Voice, found here: 

https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Forgiving-Victim-Listening-Unheard/dp/0981812317/ref=la_B000APJULK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485413609&sr=1-1

James Alison's website is here:

http://jamesalison.co.uk/

Jan 20, 2017

Charles is joined by Elizabeth Henneke to discuss the movement to keep Texas 17-year-olds out of the adult criminal justice system, and why it is of critical importance to our kids. Elizabeth Henneke is Policy Attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and is based in Austin.

The Raise the Age Facebook Page can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/RaiseTheAgeTX/?fref=ts

 

Jan 13, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley to discuss the role art can play in healing and the power of expressing ourselves without words. Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a professional artist and teacher who is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence for Holy Family HTX. Her website is here: 

http://www.larartphotography.com/

Jan 6, 2017

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Lanecia Rouse Tinsley to discuss her journey to art, the healing place that art has in her life, and how we can express ourselves in new and meaningful ways. Lanecia Rouse Tinsley is a professional artist and teacher who is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence for Holy Family HTX. Her website is here: 

http://www.larartphotography.com/

Dec 23, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at the Christmas story and how people living through pain and disconnectedness can find joy in it.

Dec 16, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Simon Gatenby to look at the divisions pushing people apart and how to push back against them. Rev. Simon Gatenby is Rector of Brunswick Church in Manchester, UK in the Church of England. Simon has brought hope to the diverse Manchester community for 23 years. The website is here:

http://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/

Dec 9, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Simon Gatenby to learn about creating a diverse community and living with uncertainty and fear in our tumultuous times. Rev. Simon Gatenby is Rector of Brunswick Church in Manchester, UK in the Church of England. Simon has brought hope to the disparate Manchester community for 23 years. The website is here:

http://www.brunswickchurch.org.uk/

Dec 2, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg have a spirited discussion about living in an age of fear, working through anxiety, turning toward love and action, and moving toward the Beloved Community.

"Why We're Living in the Age of Fear" by Neil Strauss is the article mentioned in this episode. It is here:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-were-living-in-the-age-of-fear-w443554

Nov 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving! The podcast will return with a new episode next week.

Nov 18, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg look for a way forward facing a divided America and an uncertain future in the wake of the tumultuous 2016 election, seeking ever-widening circles of kinship.

The Vox article mentioned in this episode is How Politics Makes Us Stupid:

http://www.vox.com/2014/4/6/5556462/brain-dead-how-politics-makes-us-stupid

Nov 10, 2016

Charles and Gregg are joined by Jay Jenkins to discuss the historic victories for criminal justice reform in Harris County, Texas on Election Night 2016, and the reasons for hope that they bring. Jay Jenkins is Harris County Project Attorney for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan organization advocating for meaningful improvements in the Texas criminal justice system. 

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition website is here: 

http://www.texascjc.org/

Nov 4, 2016

Charles and Matt examine forgiveness and its challenges, its relationship to the criminal justice system and kinship, and the importance of seeking it.

Miroslav Volf's book "The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World" is discussed in this episode. It can be found here:

https://www.amazon.com/End-Memory-Remembering-Rightly-Violent/dp/0802829899 

Oct 28, 2016

Charles, Gregg, and Matt are joined by Eric Moen to learn about drilling water wells in Honduras and how water brings hope and builds community in remote places. Eric Moen is the Director of Urban Ministry and Mission for St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.

Texas Water Mission's website is here: 

http://texaswatermission.org/

Oct 21, 2016

Charles, Matt, and Gregg examine the use of solitary confinement for juveniles in correctional facilities, the long-term consequences of this practice, and what we can do to stop it. 

Stop Solitary for Kids is the national campaign discussed in this episode. Connect with them here:

http://www.stopsolitaryforkids.org/

The New Yorker article about Kalief Browder is here:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/kalief-browder-1993-2015

13th, the film mentioned in this episode, is streaming on Netflix:

https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

 

Oct 14, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Chris Chase to discuss the life of foster youth, what foster youth need to move into adulthood, and how connections with adults can make a difference. Rev. Christopher Chase is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of California and is Co-Director of Braid Mission, an innovative ministry providing support to foster youth. Braid Mission's website is here: https://braidmission.org/ Removed, the film mentioned in this episode, can be found here: http://removedfilm.com/ 
Oct 7, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Chris Chase to discuss the challenges facing foster youth, Braid Mission in the San Francisco area, and how connections with adults can make a difference. Rev. Christopher Chase is an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of California and is Co-Director of Braid Mission, an innovative ministry providing support to foster youth. Braid Mission's website is here: https://braidmission.org/
Sep 30, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Robert Werth to look the role parole plays in the criminal justice system, how parole affects those who are under supervision, and how to help folks on parole. Dr. Robert Werth is a Lecturer in Sociology at Rice University. He has conducted research with individuals on parole in California. He is collaborating with Dr. Ruth Armstrong at the University of Cambridge in the UK. More information about Robert is available here:  https://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483726  "The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built America," by Naomi Murakawa is a book mentioned in this podcast.    
Sep 23, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Robert Werth to look at how parole affects those who are under supervision, it's goals and history, and the role that it plays in rehabilitation. Dr. Robert Werth is a Lecturer in Sociology at Rice University. He has conducted research with individuals on parole in California. He is collaborating with Dr. Ruth Armstrong at the University of Cambridge in the UK. More information about Robert is available here:  https://sociology.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483726 Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein was discussed in this episode.
Sep 16, 2016
Charles and Gregg are joined by Katya Dow to learn about how sealing juvenile records can give young people a second chance at life. Katya Glockner-Dow is an attorney serving as Legal Program Director of the Juvenile Capital Advocacy Project (JCAP) at the University of Houston Law Center.  JCAP's website is here: http://www.jcaptexas.org/home.html
Sep 9, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg seek to define kinship, where it happens, and why it matters to our communities. 
Sep 2, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at 12-step programs--what they do, what they offer to those who participate, and how they have impacted the recovery community.
Aug 26, 2016
Father Gregory Boyle's keynote address at the Reimagining Incarceration and Re-entry Conference in Houston, Texas on July 27, 2016, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston. Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, which is the largest gang intervention program in the world. His book is "Tattoos on the Heat: The Power of Boundless Compassion", available here:  https://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153159/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471662600&sr=8-1&keywords=tattoos+on+the+heart More information about Homeboy Industries is available here:  http://www.homeboyindustries.org/    
Aug 20, 2016
Father Gregory Boyle's keynote address at the Reimagining Incarceration and Re-entry Conference in Houston, Texas on July 27, 2016, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston. Father Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and is the founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, which is the largest gang intervention program in the world. His book is "Tattoos on the Heat: The Power of Boundless Compassion", available here:  https://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153159/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471662600&sr=8-1&keywords=tattoos+on+the+heart More information about Homeboy Industries is available here:  http://www.homeboyindustries.org/  
Aug 12, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Shadd Maruna for a spirited discussion of how our current political crisis relates to mass incarceration, the dangerous climate of fear that is spreading through the world, and how we can resist and move toward kinship. Dr. Shadd Maruna is a Professor at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Manchester in Manchester, UK. His seminal book is "Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives," available here: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Good-Ex-Convicts-Reform-Rebuild/dp/1557987319/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1470986528&sr=8-2&keywords=making+good The Chris Hedges article mentioned in this episode is here:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/revolution_is_in_the_air_20160416    
Aug 5, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Gabriel Lopez and George Nunez, to discuss Homeboy Industries, how it helped them change their lives, and how they experience kinship. Gabriel Lopez is a Senior Navigator at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention program in the world and founded by Father Greg Boyle. George Nunez is a member of the Security staff at Homeboy Industries. Both are former clients. The Homeboy Industries website is here: http://www.homeboyindustries.org/ 
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