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Mahatma GandhiMohatma Gandhi is considered the father of the Indian independence movement. Gandhi spent 20 years in South Africa working to fight discrimination. It was there that he created his concept of satyagraha, a non-violent way of protesting against injustices. While in India, Gandhi's obvious virtue, simplistic lifestyle, and minimal dress endeared him to the people. He spent his remaining years working diligently to both remove British rule from India as well as to better the lives of India's poorest classes. Many civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., used Gandhi's concept of non-violent protest as a model for their own struggles

  • "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others."
  • "One cannot forgive too much. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
  • "If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children; and if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have to struggle… we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolutions. But we shall go from love to love and peace to peace, until at last all the corners of the world are covered with that peace and love for which, consciously or unconsciously, the whole world is hungering."
  • "In a civilized country when ridicule fails to kill a movement it begins to command respect."

 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma GandhiMarian Wright Edelman is an American activist for the rights of children. She has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. She is president and founder of the Children's Defense Fund. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation’s strongest voice for children and families.

"A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back — but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you."

Regarding School discipline

"There're still a lot of (students) being put out of school today for truancy and tardiness. It sounds pretty dumb to put kids out of school for not coming to school. You really need to work with the parent, figure out what's going on in the homes, and figure out how to get them back into school."

"I think we have lost our minds sometimes as adults. I don't know how in the world you could be suspending and expelling 4 and 5-year-olds, as the latest (Office of Civil Rights) data shows. Nothing is going to make me believe that you have to expel a 4-year-old or a 5-year-old."


"The greatest threat to this country, in economic and military and national security, does not come from any enemy without, it comes from the fact that over 60 percent of our children in Tennessee, and nationally, cannot read or compute at grade level at 4th or 8th grade What are they going to do if they cannot read in this competitive global economy? They're being sentenced to economic and social death. These are our future job folks."

Parent involvement

"It's singing, playing, being with children and just taking time. They don't need a lot of things; they just need the presence of parents to be there and to be encouraging and positive."

School-to-prison pipeline

"Tennessee spends 3.2 times more money per inmate than per public school student. That's about the dumbest investment policy I can think of, and it's not fueling safety."

The American dream

"I am so worried about this country moving backward. We gotta have a new movement. Movements don't start in Washington."

"We had the right dream in our Declaration of 89Independence, but we were born with huge birth defects," she said. "Our children are not going to do better than we are unless we get it together. ... Can we overcome our sectarianism and our racism and our materialism?"

Mother Teresa “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”   Mother Teresa“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Profile photo “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”  Barack Obama


Gordon B. Hinckley“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”  Gordon B. HinckleyStanding for Something: 10 Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts and Homes


Steve Maraboli“When you find yourself in need of spiritual nourishment, it is in the opportunities to serve others that you will find the abundance you seek.” 
 Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


Albert Schweitzer“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”  Albert Schweitzer


Benjamin Franklin“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”  Benjamin Franklin



Abraham Lincoln“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” 
 Abraham Lincoln


Cornel West“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”  Cornel West



Robert F. Kennedy“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”  Robert F. Kennedy

Matthew Stover“Jedi do not fight for peace. That's only a slogan, and is as misleading as slogans always are. Jedi fight for civilization, because only civilization creates peace. We fight for justice because justice is the fundamental bedrock of civilization: an unjust civilization is built upon sand. It does not long survive a storm.” Matthew Stover, Shatterpoint


Thomas Jefferson“It is reasonable that everyone who asks justice should do justice”  Thomas Jefferson


File:Howard Zehr.jpgHoward Zehr – Father of Restorative Justice  …from his blog…

To summarize restorative justice as a way of addressing wrongdoing, we might put it in a series of “threes:”


assumptions underlie restorative justice:

  • When people and relationships are harmed, needs are created
  • The needs created by harms lead to obligations
  • The obligation is to heal and “put right” the harms; this is a just response.

principles of restorative justice reflect these assumptions: A just response…

  • acknowledges and repairs the harm caused by, and revealed by, wrongdoing (restoration);
  • encourages appropriate responsibility for addressing needs and repairing the harm (accountability);
  • involves those impacted, including the community, in the resolution (engagement).


3 underlying values provide the foundation:

  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Relationship


questions are central to restorative justice:

  • Who has been hurt?
  • What are their needs?
  • Who has the obligation to address the needs, to put right the harms, to restore relationships? (As opposed to: What rules were broken? Who did it? What do they deserve?)


stakeholder groups should be considered and/or involved:

  • Those who have been harmed, and their families
  • Those who have caused harm, and their families
  • Community


aspirations guide restorative justice: the desire to live in right relationship…

  • with one another;
  • with the creation;
  • with the Creator. Baliga  is Director for the Restorative Justice Project and Senior Program Specialist at the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

"We are bankrupting ourselves both fiscally and morally with our current approach to crime. In the words of Dr. King, the question is not whether we will be extremists but what kind of extremists will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?"

"The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists. I encourage you to spend this day by being creative extremists." Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. Her words and actions continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts.

A few of our favorite quote from Dr. Angelou:

  • "Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."
  • "It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
  • "We are only as blind as we want to be."
  • "To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents."
  • "No human being can be more human than another human being. I liberate you from my ignorance."
  • "You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for"
  • "You did the best that you knew how. Now that you know better, you’ll do better."
  • "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more intelligent and more educated than college professors."
  • "If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude to it."
  • "A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing."
  • "If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you'll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it."

"Don’t say you don’t have enough time or enough money to change the world. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Gandhi, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci and Jesus Christ."  Shannon L. Alder


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