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RESTORATIVE
JUSTICE
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (RJ)
CIRCLE PROCESS BLACK LIVES MATTER WEEK CIRCLE OUTLINE

A circle flow to encourage critical reflection and honest conversations about police violence and racial justice
Grades: 6-12
Duration: approx. 50 min depending on number of students.
EXPERIENCED STUDENTS ARE NOT ENCOURAGED TO KEEP OR CO-KEEP.

   
STEP
MATERIALS / ROLESCONTENT
1
   
Getting Ready and Welcome     
Circle keeper arranges chairs in a perfect circle. Places centerpiece and talking piece(s) in the center of the circle. Gets everyone seated and ensures that everyone can see each other without moving. Welcomes everyone by saying it is Black Lives Matter week and we will be having a circle to explore this as a topic.
2Opening ceremony
Circle keeper: have a quote, poem, or musical selection ready (some sample quotes below).
Welcome everyone back.
Ring a bell, use a mindful moment/breath. Read a quote or poem or play a musical piece.
3Explain Centerpiece and Talking Piece
Circle keeper and talking piece
Tip: Take care to choose a talking piece that has personal significance and relates to the topic in some way
Explain how talking piece works and the significance of your chosen talking piece. Note the centerpiece usually sits in the middle of the circle on the floor, to help center the focus of the participants, while the talking piece helps everyone to listen to and focus on only one person talking at a time. Emphasize that passing is OK.
4Review Guidelines
Circle keeper
Norms or guidelines     
If you have developed them, remind the group of your classroom values and/or guidelines. If not, have everyone right down a value that is important for talking about this topic on a piece of paper and place it around the centerpiece. Then get consensus around the guidelines: 1) Respect the talking piece; 2) Speak and listen from the heart; and 3) Maintain confidentiality.
5Opening round
The circle keeper prompts the round with a question and can model the length and depth of responses by going first before passing the talking piece to their right or left.
Prompt: Say your name and share "How do you feel in your body as we start a conversation about this topic?"
6
   
Storytelling  Round
The  circle keeper prompts the round with a question.
   
Prompt: Share a time when you saw  or experienced an injustice.
7
   
Reflection  Round
Print and cut out the #LastWords  and scatter around the center of the circle. Circle keeper explains them and prompts the round with a question.
Explain: Shirin-Banou Barghi created this series of graphics dedicated to those killed by police officers.
Prompt: What comes up for you seeing these?
8
   
Closing  Round
The  circle keeper prompts the round with a question.
   
Prompt:  What has moved you in our circle?
9
   
Closing  ceremony
   
Circle  keeper. have a quote, poem, or musical selection ready (some sample quotes  below).
     
Say  a quote, read a poem or play a musical selection, ring bell.
10


Found at https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/lastwords-tribute-victims-police-brutality-jvinc/

Sample Opening and Closing Quotes:
“If you want peace, work for Justice” – Pope Paul VI

“Justice is what love looks like in public” – Cornell West

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“It always seems impossible until its done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin

“If you want to join the fight for social justice you may win or lose, but just by being part of the struggle, you win, and your life will be better for it” – Howard Zinn
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