21. Restorative Practices and Refining the System w/ Michelle Armster
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Michelle Armster is African American. She is also the executive director for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States in North Newton, KS. She worked for MCC in the US Peace and Justice program in urban peacemaking as the director of Conciliation Services and co-director for the Office on Justice and Peacebuilding. She attended Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she received a master of divinity. Michelle is a trainer, teacher, and practitioner in the areas of conflict transformation, mediation, anti-racism/anti-oppression, offender-victim mediation (OVM), restorative justice/practices, and crimes of severe violence.

You will meet Michelle Armster (2:10) and her experience (7:47). She emphasizes the importance of refining the system (27:20), community (32:00), black abolition (43:20), listening (45:26), and unpacking bias (52:26). At the end she gives a powerful nod to women of color (1:00:25) and the history of the land she occupies (1:13:00).

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