Featuring River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding Police-Youth-Dialogues
Be inspired. Meet peacebuilders leading the call for peace and justice!
Join author Jeffrey Weisberg, Executive Director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding and Will Halvosa, Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator (DMC) for the Gainsville Florida Police Department. Together, they will share the work of Police Youth Dialogue: A Restorative Path Toward Justice, with the purpose of healing historical harms between black and brown youth, and law enforcement.
As Executive Director of the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, Jeffrey Weisberg designed, developed and implemented a wide range of programs and services in his local community of Gainesville Florida and throughout the world. A small portion of his work with youth includes police/youth dialogues, social/emotional learning, restorative justice, and coming of age programs. For the past 25 years, Jeffrey has served as a Florida Certified Mediator. He is using Restorative Practices to support the Department of Juvenile Justice, schools, and prisons, to bolster alternatives to the punitive model. Jeffrey Weisberg is a founding member of the Peace Alliance and co-author of The Little Book of Police Youth Dialogue: A Restorative Path Toward Justice. [See book below.]
Will Halvosa retired as Captain from the Gainesville Police Department, after 30 years of service. Currently, he is the Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator (DMC) of that agency. Will graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Criminal Justice. He is certified in RED: Racial and Ethnic Disparity through Georgetown University. Will instructs statewide on DMC, RED, Implicit Bias, and Procedural Justice. Even though he is semi-retired, Will remains involved in community advocacy. Will Halvosa is currently a Board member of Partnership for Strong Families, Child Advocacy Center, MOTIV8U, and YouthBuild.
Linda was diagnosed with leukemia on her 50th birthday. She shared a detailed story of her path of dealing with and healing from cancer, working with Dr. Steve Foreman at City of Hope, and working through it all with her husband and two teenage kids. Along the way, she was given only a few years to live, met with other survivors, and had a deeply powerful healing experience with a gifted healer. Each step of the way, she made choices - and walked through new doors. More than two decades later, she counts herself blessed to remain cancer free. What do each of us do when we’re faced with doors to walk through? How do we face the unknown? Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
Designed to Inspire, Educate and Motivate to Mobilize for Peace
REMEBERING BISHOP GEORGE DALLAS MCKINNEY
WITH SON PASTOR GLEN A. MCKINNEY
Meet people leading the call for peace and justice and be inspired and motivated!
Helgi Maki is a groundbreaking advocate for trauma-informed practices. Helgi will be with us to share trauma-informed approaches to conflict resolutions and lawyering as a means to improve access to justice, and to reduce harm. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with an M.A. from Carleton University, and joined the Ontario Bar in 2003 and the New York Bar in 2005. Helgi is the co-editor of a forthcoming book on trauma-informed lawyering to be published by the Law Practice Management Division of the American Bar Association. Helgi is also a mindfulness instructor, a movement teacher, and an executive coach.
Bishop George Dallas McKinney lived a full life of 88 years. Bishop McKinney founded St. Stephen’s Cathedral Church of God in Christ in 1962 along with his late wife, Jean C. McKinney, M.Ed. Bishop McKinney marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., advised U.S. Presidents, and was a core leader in his church for over 70 years. He had a life-long commitment to peaceful living and peacebuilding. He was often called upon during times of turmoil and distress to be a voice for reason and peace. He was a long-time supporter of the Department of Peacebuilding and San Diego Kids/ Young Adults for Peace. Among his many awards, the Shelter Island Rotary Club presented him with The Peace Maker Award in recognition of his many years of work in the area of racial unity. Pastor Glenn A. McKinney is the fifth and youngest son of Bishop George Dallas McKinney and Jean C.McKinney M.Ed. Pastor McKinney, joins us to memorialize the life and work of a man who has given so much to the world. In the family tradition of community service, Pastor McKinney serves as a pastor at St. Stephen's Church, an anchor in San Diego's inner city for almost 60 years. Pastor Glenn McKinney was born at the height of the civil rights era. He carries on the legacy of three generations of dedication to community service. His grandparents, who could literally touch slavery, are the foundation of this legacy.
Our guest today was our own Matthew Albracht Board member of the Peace Alliance. Matthew shared a story about how he changed his eating habits, and all of the different ways it positively impacted his life. He has recently published a book called Nourish Your Self Whole sharing all that he has learned on this journey. The break-out rooms invited people to explore the question: when have you been in place where you felt so deeply a need to shift, to make a different choice? The choice for nurturing your own self? Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!
It is with the deepest gratitude that we announce the passing of the role of National Field Coordinator from Mr. Dan Kahn to Ms. Kathy Kidd. Dan will continue to work with the Peace Alliance on the Truth, Healing and Reconcilation project. Join us for a conversation on transition and evolution as we thank Dan and welcome Kathy.
Both Dan and Kathy have been a part of the Peace Alliance almost since its inception, holding various roles of importance throughout their tenures. Both began as local district coordinators, then as State Coordinators. Both joined the Peace Alliance staff full-time (at different times) and when we had a D.C. office, both worked in the D.C. office at different times.
Kathy Kidd has been involved with the Peace Alliance since 2003 and stepped away for several years. She is returning to a position whose torch was passed to Dan, and is passing back to Kathy. In welcoming Kathy back to the daily workings of the organization, we say thank you and celebrate Dan Kahn for his long-term dedication to the Peace Alliance.
For your convenience, you may want to skip ahead 20 minutes when the breakout rooms start.
Our guest today was Fran Smartt Addicott, a former music educator in Memphis, TN. She told a personal story about her father who — among a list of titles - was a civil rights activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis in the late 1960’s. The lessons she learned from her father have imprinted Fran deeply, and she has carried them forward throughout her life. The questions posed to the group were about how to enter difficult conversations? How do you stand out and stand up? How do you practice that? Check the calendar of Events at www.peacealliance.org - join us at our next Hope Story Circle and share your emerging stories!