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Section News
The ACR Spirituality Section is having its ACR Conflict Practitioners Retreat at Rocky Mountain on July 29th (Fri) to 31st (Sun): Integration of the Conflict Practitioner: Zen & the Sustainable Mediator.

The Interrupters is being shown at the Sundance Film Festival!

Remember being introduced to Chicago CeaseFire violence interrupters at the 2010 ACR Conference?

A documentary film highlighting CeaseFire's work is being screened at Sundance this year. If you are heading to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, be sure to add Kartemquin's The Interrupters to your calendar. Screenings have been announced for the film on the following dates:

January 21st, 9pm, Temple Theatre, Park City (World Premiere)
January 22nd, 9pm, Redstone Cinemas 8, Park City
January 28th, 9pm, Temple Theatre, Park City
January 29th, 9:45pm, Broadway Centre Cinemas V, Salt Lake City.

The film's main crew, including director/producer Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz, as well as the key violence interrupters featured in the film, will attend all Park City screenings.

Get Sundance ticket information at: http://www.sundance.org/festival/tickets









ACR 2010 Conference Youth Day - A Success!  Looking towards 2011...
Youth Day is an opportunity for our young people to explore how conflict resolution impacts their daily lives. This year, we focused on the youth violence epidemic in Chicago. Sponsored by the Education and Restorative Justice Sections, this year’s event had a fantastic turnout! We had 53 people on our sign in sheet, which included youth and adult allies.
Community Justice Youth Institute's (www.cjyi.org) Robert Spicer and Ora Schub facilitated most of the day and were FANTASTIC!  Robert Spicer opened the morning session with warm-up exercises and a moving story that got everyone primed for the day ahead. Ora Schub led a terrific mini-plenary - which was packed, probably 50% youth and 50% adult - that got people thinking about the similarities between the needs of victims and offenders and the lack of appropriate measures in the school disciplinary and juvenile justice systems to address the full extent and impact of harm. Both the students and adults shared stories and experiences - the cross fertilization was palpable.
Over lunch, presenters from CeaseFire (www.ceasefirechicago.org) discussed their effective approach in addressing violence in Chicago through "violence interrupters" and responded to participant's questions. Our afternoon session focused on healing circles of about 10 people each, which addressed our perceptions, attitudes, and personal experiences with violence in our communities.
Finally, the day ended with a drumming circle, led by Father Dave Kelly from Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (www.pbmr.org) and his co-drummer, Tabatha, which was a fun and spiritual conclusion to the program. 
Working with practicioners in Chicago and highlighting the issues that are prevelant in the community where we host our annual conference was well received and extremely rewarding.  We will be reaching out to the San Diego community for Youth Day 2011.
Will you join us in planning this day?