Diane Lefer: The slogan goes “Nothing About Us Without Us” and over the past several years I’ve watched as grassroots community leaders take the lead in initiatives championed by St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and its CEO Jim Mangia.
Diane Lefer: Welcome to a world of two-headed wolves where people go to war over trash and thousands of the desperate move into an unfinished skyscraper tower built on a base of compacted garbage.
Diane Lefer: With advocacy journalism, we’re often addressing people who already agree with us, but a good novel can reach and influence readers who have never before stopped to think about the issues we try so hard to bring to public awareness.
Diane Lefer: Today, approximately 2.7 million American children are separated from a parent because of arrest and lockup in prison or jail. Do we simply accept that these kids will be collateral damage in our culture of mass incarceration?
Diane Lefer: A high percentage of homeless women vets suffer from Military Sexual Trauma or are survivors of domestic violence. Because male veterans so outnumber females, a woman may find herself alone and isolated in the settings intended to help her.
LA County June election: We need to know which candidates are ready to take ethical, rational approaches to homelessness, reentry.
Diane Lefer: Whether dealing with youthful or adult offenders, Powers reiterated how important it is to start educational and rehabilitative programs to build learning into a daily routine when the person is still inside.
Diane Lefer: Full implementation of restorative justice will take years but LAUSD hopes to be a model for the nation in creating an educational climate in which students feel like valued members of the school community – open to learning academic subjects and life lessons in a way that is nurturing, respectful, and humane.
Diane Lefer: There are angels among us. They understand that men and women who’ve been granted a second chance need something more: They need to be welcomed home.
Diane Lefer: Punishment alone–though necessary and often satisfying–will not repair damage or help victims move forward with their lives. Restorative justice brings offenders and victims together to provide a chance for perpetrators to make amends and to promote social and individual healing.
Diane Lefer: Keynote speaker, Brigadier General (Ret) Ruth Wong, and the many highly motivated women in attendance were living examples of the positive strengths and attributes employers can find in women vets.
Diane Lefer: Torture Survivors Express on Stage – with Hector Aristizabal and Alessia Cartoni, we’ve been creating a Theater of Witness play entitled, “We Are Here” with torture survivors who live in LA County
Diane Lefer: Altogether, too many teen relationships–Giggans cited an estimate of 25-30%– involve coercive control. And if you think it doesn’t apply in your home because your kid doesn’t date, think again.