Mashaun Ali Hendricks is a Chicago born-and-raised Organizer, restorative justice practitioner, community architect, conceptual artist and owner of the restorative justice based street-wear brand & boutique TRAP House Chicago, which houses the Feed 79th initiative, peace circles, art installations, and much more.
BrownTown shares a virtual circle with Mashaun Ali Hendricks. Together, they listen, learn, share, and unpack restorative justice from its ancestral beginnings to its modern direct opposition the prison-industrial complex and everything in between.
Restorative Justice (RJ) has gained in popularity over the decades. We know it to be not only a philosophy and strategy, but a way of life. In an overly punitive country and world, RJ allows a roadmap to healing, communication, relationship-building, and ultimately transformation. As wide critiques of American mass racialized incarceration gained popularity in the 2010s and abolition of police and prisons is no longer a fringe idea post-George Floyd, RJ has renewed attention as an essential tool and mindset on how we build a better world.
Mashaun, an RJ practitioner for over a decade, patiently shares his journey with BrownTown. From finding inner peace to sharing it with others through circles, programming, art, and streetwear, BrownTown and Mashaun center how everyday relationship-building is foundational to not only understanding each other and reducing harm but essential to building systems of care and love.
Originally recorded April 12, 2021.
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CREDITS: Intro song Circles and outro song The Metaphor from TRAP House's conceptual artist and MC The Honorable Hakim Dough off of his Thankful, for the Chi album. Audio engineered by Genta Tamashiro and Kiera Battles.