Date January 12th, 5pm-6pm PST
Healing Circles are an indigenous practice of communication that uses dialogue in a circle format to achieve human understanding as a common goal. When participants engage in a circle dialogue, there is more possibility of being heard instead of arguments which can lead to violence. Police are not trained to use dialogue and other peaceful resolution approaches to help resolve matters of conflict. Instead, every citizen has the potential to apply mediation tools that can foster cooperation, safety and peace. A conversation about taking charge of interactions within school buildings, between neighbors and families, diversion boards or councils of elders can promote more healthy communities and restorative justice to replace current retributive systems.
About the Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition
The Seattle MLK Jr. Organizing Coalition is an all-volunteer organization composed of grassroots, labor, business, people of color, and progressive community organizations and volunteers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Annually, these groups come together and organize our community's largest tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - the only geographic jurisdiction named in Dr. King's honor. Learn More here.
Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga is an educator, author and cultural custodian. Currently, she is the Dean of Evergreen State College - Tacoma. She is the author of The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed and has led over 75 women to Kenya, East Africa on Cultural Reconnection Delegations.