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Pa’lante Restorative Justice: Building a Youth-led RJ Program From the Ground Up

Schools across the country are turning to restorative justice as an alternative to exclusionary discipline practices that push students out of school. However, many of these efforts are not geared toward building the real youth power and transformative systems change our schools so desperately need.  Pa’lante stands out because student leaders not only host circles for a range of issues (accountability, grief, support, conflict), but also engage in participatory action research aimed at fundamentally transforming the conditions of their schooling. Workshops participants will experience being in circle, learn about Pa’lante’s model and apply ideas to their own setting.

Pa’lante is a youth-led transformative justice program at Holyoke High School working to build youth power and dismantle the school to prison pipeline.

Sliding scale suggested donation of $10 (students), $25 (individuals), $50 (schools/organizations). No one turned away for lack of funds. Donations go directly to Pa’lante’s youth leaders. 


The 2018 Feinberg Series theme is Another World Is Possible: Revolutionary Visions, Past and Present. Series events and initiatives will explore the radical imaginations of intellectuals, artists, political leaders, renegade thinkers, community organizers, and everyday people who have worked to make another world possible. All events are FREE and open to the public. The Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series is offered every other academic year by the Department of History at UMass Amherst and made possible thanks to the generosity of UMass history department alumnus Kenneth R. Feinberg ’67 and associates.

Visit the Feinberg Series webpage for more information about the series.

Feinberg Series Co-sponsors and Community Partners: Amherst College: Department of American Studies and Department of Anthropology and Sociology. Hampshire College: Ethics and the Common Good and Hampshire College Art Gallery. Mount Holyoke College: Department of English. Smith College:Department of History and Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program. UMass Amherst: Anthropology Department, Center for Research on Families, Civic Engagement and Service Learning, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Commonwealth Honors College, Communications Department, English Department, Fine Arts Center (keynote), Institute for Social Science Research, James Baldwin Lecture (keynote), Labor Center, Massachusetts Society of Professors, Office of Equity & Inclusion (keynote), Office of the Provost (keynote), Political Science Department, Public History Program, Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Social Thought and Political Economy Program, Student Affairs and Campus Life (keynote), Graduate School (keynote), University Museum of Contemporary Art, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department, W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies. Community Organizations: All Hamptons Reads, Collaborative for Educational Services, David Ruggles Center, Great Falls Books Through Bars, Historians for Peace and Democracy, International Socialist Organization Western Mass, Massachusetts Peace Action Network, Out Now, Pa’lante Restorative Justice, Pioneer Valley Democratic Socialists of America, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Racial Justice Rising, Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Springfield No One Leaves, Western Mass Jobs with Justice, Western Mass Showing Up for Racial Justice.