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Prison Week's 2009 theme announced: Hold fast to hope
Prisoners' Week began in England and Wales in 1975. The Prisoners’ Week Committee, consisting of Prison Chaplains and other Christians involved in work with prisoners and their families, was formed to encourage prayer within churches and the wider Christian community for he needs of prisoners. This they did by producing each year a prayer and information leaflet for use on the third Sunday in November, designated Prisoners’ Sunday, with the week observed until the following Saturday. It had its beginnings as a Roman Catholic initiative by Bishop Victor Guazzelli, but quickly gained ecumenical support and became an ecumenical observance, receiving the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of Westminster and the Moderator of the Free Churches Group.
In 1995, seeking to focus attention not only on the needs of prisoners but on all those involved the field of prison care -- prisoners' families, victims of crime, prison staff and many volunteers -- the week became known as Prisons Week, and the committee known as the Prisons Week Committee.
"Building Social Support for Restorative Justice" has a survey for you to fill out
from the European Forum on Restorative Justice's Newsflash:One of the projects the European Forum for Restorative Justice is currently engaged in is "Building Social Support for Restorative Justice". Having worked on the project for some months, and having successfully run the June Seminar for the mentioned project, we are now at the point of kindly requesting input in relation to the 3 main questions addressed in the research project:
Overcoming speechlessness: A poet encounters "the horror" in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel
from Alice Walker's Blog:
In this essay, Poet Alice Walker writes of encountering "the horror" (as in Joseph Conrad's novel, 'The Heart of Darkness') in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine/Israel and finding her voice again after a period of speechlessness. Part of what has happened to human beings, she believes, is that we have, over the last century, witnessed cruel and unusually barbaric behavior that was so horrifying it literally left us speechless. We had no words to describe it even when we viewed it; nor could we easily believe human beings could fall to such levels of degradation; we have been deeply frightened. This self-imposed silence has slowed our response to the plight of those who most need us, often women and children but also men of conscience who resist evil but are outnumbered by those around them who have fallen victim to a belief in weapons, male or ethnic dominance, greed and drugs.