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At the Baltimore Wisdom Project and Wisdom Projects, peacemaking is the work of restorative justice.
In our holistic approach to violence prevention, we work with community members to foster five interrelated forms of peace:
We guide and/or encourage community members as well as the institutions that are supposed to serve and protect them to prevent, eliminate, and/or reduce four overlapping forms of violence:
As a Black American-led organization, we remember the thousands of lynchings, enslavement, genocide, and other violence perpetrated against Black people on the African continent and across the African Diaspora based on outright lies, dehumanization, land and resource theft, abject colonialism, as well as the thousands of false arrests, convictions, evidence withholding, police brutalities, and extra-judicial killings of Black people over the course of American and world history.
That is why we are scrupulous about fact-centered investigations when providing Conflict Resolution Education and Services.
We uplift fair, logical, and fact-centered descriptions, documentation, and/or assessments of violence.
We are chiefly concerned with impact, not intentions because intentions are often difficult to gauge when considering facts and evidence of harm.
We are concerned with violence that actually occurs and is not falsely reported. This includes violence that can be described factually; documented by careful testimony by witnesses; attested with archival or documentary materials (including medical and health records); and supported by observation, self-observation, or multi-genre evidence.
Even if violence happened, in the interest of fairness towards all parties involved in conflicts, it is important to acknowledge that it is difficult to mediate or adjudicate incidents of violence without documentation and evidence that rises above and beyond opposing statements that it occurred.
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