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    I am so excited to be part of this amazing movement of change in restoration in every community. America has finally put her food down; Lady Liberty has shouted Stop! There will be no further tolerance for neglect, malicious acts against children, no more poverty, no more greed. Will it take a little time for this to be realized; yes a little more than immediately, but not as long as we have believed in the past. Stay tuned to “The Scales of Justice”, we will bring you the good news of Restorative Justice.
    May God Continue to Bless Our Efforts!

    Shirley Wilson
    Author and Philanthropist

    authorswilson – July 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I’m proud to be part of “The Scales of Justice” radio show with Shirley Wilson. We found much in common in the daily struggles to make this a more abundant, fair, and fully realized world. I have worked hard for decades to help our youth stay out gangs, drugs, suicide, early death–of the spirit as well as the body. I’ll get a chance to express my views on this and other subjects on our monthly installment called “La Neta/The Truth,” every last Sunday of the month. This month it falls on July 25 from 6 to 7 PM. Join us in expanding the conversation about our youth and how we can build community through the healing and teaching role we can play with our young people.

    Luis Rodriguez – July 23, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Hello and welcome to The Search for Restorative Justice!
    ~ 3rd Sunday of every month from 6-7 p.m. ~

    I, like my co-hosts, am very excited about the topics and guests we will be bringing to all of you each week and hope that you listen and call in! We need to hear your voices, comments, and stories and need to know you’re out there listening and that you care about the subjects we are discussing! Shirley and I have already developed a long list of guests to invite to our show to discuss a variety of issues having to do with restorative justice and the criminal justice system. We can post important news and announcements on the blog when you call in…like our friend Beth did about Norma Cumpian who I will talk about it in the next comment box. We look forward to chatting with you about the issues that effect ALL of us!


    Julia Harmon Chavez

    Julia Harmon Chavez – July 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hello again!

    I’d like to take a minute of your time to talk to you about Norma Cumpian. The details of her case you can find below but I would like to say a few things about her because I know her personally. I met Norma a few months at one of my visits to CIW to do a talking circle with the women. Norma stood out to me immediately. She is beautiful, articulate, bright, conscious and a mom of a son who has joined the military and is about to be shipped off to the Middle East..which pains her greatly. Her love for her son, who has been parented by her ALL of his life behind bars, is evident and profound. It made me cry just hearing her story thinking what it would be like if that was me and my son. I could really relate to her pain and sadness. This woman deserves a second chance….her son deserves a first chance at having his mother free and with him before he get’s shipped off to war. Please read below the articles and information about Norma and support her release by asking the Governor to do the right thing on August 9th, the Board of Prison Terms already has…check it out:

    My name is Will Rollins and I am with the USC Post-Conviction Justice Project.

    Governor Schwarzenegger has until August 9, 2010 to make a decision on whether or not Norma’s parole grant will stand. I know you may have already provided a ton of letters/calls/e-mails and faxes, but we would like to increase the volume of support by as much as possible—anyone and everyone you know who would be willing to write/call/fax/e-mail on Norma’s behalf will help. I have also attached a sample support letter to this e-mail.

    For your information, these are the methods by which the Governor’s Office can be contacted:


    Andrea Hoch
    Legal Secretary
    Governor’s Office
    State Capitol – 1st Floor
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Phone: 916-445-2841
    Fax: 916-558-3160
    Office of Constituent Affairs – State Capitol, Sacramento, CA
    Visit http://gov.ca.gov/interact#contact, click on the “E-Mail the Governor” tab, and follow the instructions listed on the web page.

    Also, here is a list of websites that discuss Norma’s case:
    USC Website:
    Sin By Silence Website:
    Facebook Page:
    Online Petition to Free Norma Cumpian:

    (*We’d like to get the total number of signatures to at least 1,000 before the Governor decides on Norma’s case. Currently there are 823 signatures.)

    Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any contact information for anyone else who I should talk to about garning additional support for Norma’s release. I can be reached by e-mail or at 310-795-0741.



    Julia Harmon Chavez – July 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind when I read about the gang violence and relate it to what goes on in everyday life for many of our youth. It saddens me and sparks in me the need to do something. I’d like to be a life-changing robot that is activated by a switch marked make a difference. There is no doubt that the future of our children lies with us…the adults. The parents, teachers, mentors and activists that are willing to see the need and address it by any means neccessary. If it means giving up some of our precious me time to develop some young hearts and minds.

    When I think about our youth today and the trials they are faced with daily I long for a solution that I believe needs to go all the way back to our southern roots. To the time when our youth were guided by proud strong adults who were committed to their welfare while living in a world that was strongly anchored to God and the church. Respect of authority was enough to thwart the behaviors that now days have become the norm rather than the exception. i don’t blame our children. I blame our society for we have failed our babies. We must join forces now to reel in our young people and give them hope in their own future.

    I am currently on a Musical tour in the south. I am overwhelmed with what I am learning as I go through the states where my people were previously segragated and experienced separatism that resulted in years of people struggling to make a change. I have had the priviledge to meet women who are martiarchs of families that managed in the face of racism, to produce successful, proud children who became contributing adults. They contributed to a society that did not accept them. Being down here in the South my mouth has been open with wonder at how these people survived under the oppression of first slavery and later psuedo-freedom that was anything but equal.

    Shawn LaRe’ Brinkley – July 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

    August 20, 2010 at 6:24 am

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