Gender JUST (Justice United for Societal Transformation) implores ALL community members, donors and stakeholders in the Center on Halsted to join us in demanding that the Center prioritize the implementation of comprehensive Restorative Justice policies!
After two years of collaboration with Center on Halsted Youth Program staff, interns and youth patrons, a proposal for Restorative Justice has been authored. This proposal speaks to how inefficiencies in the current grievance process, security management and "zero tolerance" operational policies often escalate harm and lead to further criminalization of youth patrons, obstructing the stated mission of the Youth Program to "support youth…through a comprehensive program which helps youth increase their sense of self-respect and confidence, while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to attain education, personal and other life goals."
CEO Valle's recent assertions in the press that "there is restorative justice" for youth patrons at the Center (without any released documentation of this), talk of some youth programming being put "on hiatus" for the summer, and no news of a hire to fill the Youth Director position are recent points of concern that this proposal, and the assessment it provides is not being taken seriously.
We are committed long term to seeing sustainable, competent Grievance policies and Restorative Justice programming at the Center! Join us and spread the word!!