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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.

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/ 
Jul 29, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Cleve Tinsley to discuss the detachment facing black communities, the movement to connect, and how our tumultuous times create opportunities for us to coalesce. Cleve V. Tinsley IV is Theologian in Residence at St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston, and is also a Graduate Research Fellow and Ph..D. candidate in Religion at Rice University. He is a founding member of BTMHTX.  BLMTX can be found on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/blmhtx/    
Jul 22, 2016
Charles and Adriana are joined by Kim Little-Brooks to learn about the recent devastating events in Baton Rouge, how the community is responding, and what we can do in our own communities. Rev. Kim Little-Brooks is Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Baton Rouge, a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denomination. She has been active in the Baton Rouge community for nine years.  The website for the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour in Baton Rouge is here:  http://oursaviourlutheran-brla.org/ The website for Together Baton Rogue is here: http://www.togetherbr.org/  
Jul 15, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Jaime Byrd to learn about how she overcame one of the most violent racial episodes in recent Texas history, and how she now lives without hate and helps others. Officer Jaime Byrd is a Police Officer with the Houston Police Department. Her father was James Byrd, Jr. of Jasper, Texas. His story is here:  http://www.biography.com/people/james-byrd-jr-092515
Jul 8, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined again by Tommie Dorsett to discuss how to change the culture of prisons and how incarcerated individuals can avoid returning to prison. Tommie is the Relations Director for C.H.A.R.M. Prison Ministry. He previously served as the Director of InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) for 17 years, and also served as Regional Director for Prison Fellowship. He is a leading expert in the re-entry field. The C.H.A.R.M. website is here: http://www.charmprisonministry.org/ More God, Less Crime: Why Faith Matters and How it Could Matter More by Byron R. Johnson is mentioned in this episode. More information about it is here: http://www.baylorisr.org/about-isr/distinguished-professors/byron-r-johnson/more-god-less-crime/  
Jul 1, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg are joined by Tommie Dorsett to discuss the challenges of life in prison and how incarcerated individuals can effectively return to society by changing their hearts. Tommie is the Relations Director for C.H.A.R.M. Prison Ministry. He previously served as the Director of InnerChange Freedom Initiative (IFI) for 17 years, and also served as Regional Director for Prison Fellowship. He is a leading expert in the re-entry field. The C.H.A.R.M. website is here: http://www.charmprisonministry.org/ The Marshall Project is a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization focused on criminal justice issues. It is here: https://www.themarshallproject.org/ The Return is a film mentioned in this episode. More information about it is here:  http://www.pbs.org/pov/thereturn/  
Jun 24, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg look at recent trends in adolescent substance abuse, how to prevent it, and what factors make a difference in the lives of teens. The article referenced in this episode is here:  http://substanceuse.jjie.org/posts/substance-use-among-teens-can-be-prevented/ Additional resources can be found here: SAMHSA: http://www.samhsa.gov/ National Association of Christian Recovery: http://www.nacr.org/ The Council on Recovery: http://www.councilonrecovery.org/ The Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery at Texas Tech University: https://www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/csa/    
Jun 16, 2016
Charles, Matt, and Gregg lament the tragedy of the mass shooting in Orlando, grapple with its implications, and determine some meaningful responses. 
Jun 10, 2016
Gregg and Charles are joined by Eric Moen to discuss ways we can connect effectively with our neighborhoods, and how faith communities can use their relationships to create change. Eric Moen is the Director of Urban Ministry and Missions at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.  Eric Moen's email address is: emoen@stmartinsepiscopal.org
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