Over the past year, Healing Dialogue and Action has been expanding its work outside of Los Angeles. In November 2015 we held a Dialogue for new participants in San Francisco in collaboration with the Office of Restorative Justice, Archdiocese of San Francisco. More recently, we held a Dialogue for new participants in Fresno. This gathering was held in collaboration with Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ), Faith in Communities (PICO California) and the Office of Restorative Justice, Diocese of Fresno. We intend to continue to support the development of locally based support for criminal justice reform, restorative justice, and support for survivors in these communities.
For many people, attending this gathering was the first time they ever had an opportunity to share their story in its entirety with anyone outside of their family. Participants expressed the desire to continue connecting with each other, and wanted to share this experience with other friends and family members.