Trinity Church hosts Hearts for Justice conference focused on incarceration

by Contributed Content on September 13, 2015

Last year, Trinity Church in Menlo Park hosted the inaugural Hearts for Justice conference with the goal of creating a forum for understanding and responding to issues of injustice locally.

This year’s conference, Hearts for Justice: Incarceration in Our Community, is focused on understanding  issues surrounding incarceration and how we, as a community, can thoughtfully support the men, women, and youth in our community who are directly and indirectly affected by incarceration. It will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; Trinity is located at 33o Ravenswood Ave.

The program will open with an expert-panel presentation and discussion, followed by breakout sessions for more in-depth engagement, and it will conclude with a time to connect with dozens of organizations working in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to prevent incarceration, reach out to inmates, and support those re-entering our community.

All are welcome and admission is free with online advance reservation. The conference is suitable for adults and teens; childcare is provided (with pre-registration) for younger children.

Speakers include: Harold Atkins, Program Manager, Each One Reach One, San Francisco; Malachi, Restorative Justice Coodinator, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) and North Oakland Restorative Justice Council; David Robinson, Executive Director of Correctional Institution Chaplaincy, Santa Clara; Heather Starnes, Executive Director & Director of College Initiative, Live In Peace, East Palo Alto; Nellie Lee. Executive Director, Santa Clara Faith Reentry Collaborative.

“Weaving Trusts” artwork created by inmates at Elmwood Correctional Facility © Art and Spirit

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