In August 2015 Healing Dialogue co-sponsored an op-ed writing training in collaboration with several other criminal justice and restorative justice organizations including the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Inside Out Writers and the Youth Justice Coalition and the social media consulting firm, M+R. HDA helped organize and run the event, which drew 40 participants, including five members of Healing Dialogue and Action. Participant learned about two criminal justice reform bills (SB 261 & SB 674) that were before the California legislature, and a tutorial on how to write a personal statement, volunteers from Inside Out writers and Human Rights Watch worked one-on-one with attendees to help them craft a personal statement about the need for criminal justice reform.