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Inspirational: Fania Davis and Restorative Justice in Oakland

Allow me to take you on a bit of a journey; Fania’s evolution over time, from militant radical to cultural societal healer…  This clip thrilled me to the bones, as I hope it will for you.

Even as far back as 2007, it is said that she signed her emails with this quote:

It it clear that the way to heal society of its violence…
and lack of love Is to replace the pyramid of domination
with the circle of love and respect
.’

~ Manitonquat, Wampanoag elder

The ‘pyramid of domination’ might indeed refer to centuries of male authoritarian rule domestically. The metaphor could also stand for Imperialism and constant wanton destruction of anyone deemed (as in: constructed) as ‘enemies’, whether in the original ‘Axis of Evil’, PNAC’s list, or those targeted so blithely in the Everlasting War on Terror’, which theme allows a constantly changing/evolving list of ‘enemies’.  We have seen up close and personal how that construction has worked: it’s created more and more global citizens who (small wonder) wish this nation harm…and has created a continuous loop the military/security/contractor/news complex loves. That permanent war stance is mirrored throughout the citizenry, fightingshootingkilling each other, rather than utilizing any other alternatives, including mental or spiritual healing.

Just prior to finding a piece by Davis at Yes! Magazine, I’d read a piece at the GuardianBlack pre-schoolers more likely to be suspended, US report shows: Half of pre-schoolers suspended more than once are black  (I will slide by Eric Holder’s contribution to the subheading, curse him)…

Now the idea of suspending pre-schoolers at all is odious enough, but of course we know that blacks, and to a slightly lesser degree, Hispanics, are suspended and expelled at far higher rates than white students.  That’s what the school-to-prison pipeline depends on, no?  Now this study is as useless as tits on a boar because it never sought out the offenses that ‘caused’ the suspensions, but there are other out there that do indicate that phenomenon.  This 2012 piece at the NY Times includes that, but also includes this horrid trend:

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Inspirational: Fania Davis and Restorative Justice in Oakland

Allow me to take you on a bit of a journey; Fania’s evolution over time, from militant radical to cultural societal healer…  This clip thrilled me to the bones, as I hope it will for you.

Even as far back as 2007, it is said that she signed her emails with this quote:

It it clear that the way to heal society of its violence…
and lack of love Is to replace the pyramid of domination
with the circle of love and respect
.’

~ Manitonquat, Wampanoag elder

The ‘pyramid of domination’ might indeed refer to centuries of male authoritarian rule domestically, the ‘violence of  the way society is organized‘. . The metaphor could also stand for Imperialism and constant wanton destruction of anyone deemed (as in: constructed) as ‘enemies’, whether in the original ‘Axis of Evil’, PNAC’s list, or those targeted so blithely in the Everlasting War on Terror’, which theme allows a constantly changing/evolving list of ‘enemies’.  We have seen up close and personal how that construction has worked: it’s created more and more global citizens who (small wonder) wish this nation harm…and has created a continuous loop the military/security/contractor/news complex loves. That permanent war stance is mirrored throughout the citizenry, fightingshootingkilling each other, rather than utilizing any other alternatives, including mental or spiritual healing.

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