Special Event: CIRCLES Film Screening & Discussion

Starts: May 30, 2019 6:30 pm | Ends: May 30, 2019 9:00 pm

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Parents, educators, and activists who are working toward transformative justice, on small and large scales …

We are pleased to invite you to a very special Restorative Justice screening hosted by Resolutions Northwest.

Presenter: Eric Butler (Lead Cast Member, whose life and work the film is based on)

Join us for a post-film community conversation and connect with local resources.

Sponsored by Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities (grant), Brink Communications, Partnership for Safety & Justice, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and Ecotrust.

Date & Time: Thursday, May 30, 2019 (6:30-9:00pm)

Location: Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Avenue, Billy Frank, Jr. Conference Center, Portland

FREE Event; youth encouraged to attend: Register (waitlist) here. Donate here to support this work.

Listen to a podcast with the cast here. Spread the word to your community, colleagues, and peers: Facebook Event now live!

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Event Organizers

Eric ButlerLead Restorative Justice Trainer, Talking Peace: Eric Butler believes in the power of relationship building as a healing practice. An educator and activist, Eric’s ability to overcome life’s hurdles propels him to make a difference in the lives of people across the U.S. and beyond. Eric is recognized for his impactful restorative justice work with youth in West Oakland with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY). He went on to found the “Talking Peace” model of Restorative Justice, a set of practices and philosophy aimed at building relationships through shared values. National publications like the New York Times and YES! Magazine, and the film, CIRCLES, document Eric’s pioneering and transformational approach, which hinges on the tremendous power of conversation. Eric was the first recipient of the NACRJ Dennis Maloney Award for Community and Restorative Justice and serves on the Board of Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, & Reconciliation. From speaking to facilitating professional development experiences, Eric travels around the world to make restorative practices accessible to anyone. Restorative practices are not only tools to be used in schools or in courts, but provide for a way of being to help communities connect, heal, make peace and long-lasting change!

Stephen FowlerStephen Fowler is an activist, justice advocate, community educator, and performing artist from Portland Oregon. Convicted as a teenager, sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon Youth Authority, Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is now committed to educating organizations, school districts, community members, teachers, parents, and students about the radical practice of restorative justice for collective liberation. Stephen is a Consultant, Mediator, co-founder of Verbal Escape, an employee of Resolutions Northwest, Race Talks Facilitator, and resource council member for Morpheus Youth Projects.

Gabriele RossGabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.


May 30, 2019 6:30 pm

May 30, 2019 9:00 pm

Lead Organizer

Gabriele Ross


Special Event: CIRCLES Film Screening & Discussion
721 Northwest 9th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209, USA

Gabriele Ross

May 30, 2019 6:30 pm

May 30, 2019 9:00 pm