The Restorative CommUnity Coalition

~Reclaiming Lives Since 2006~


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  06/21/2017 To:       Whatcom County Council and Council Members for the Lummi and Nooksack Nations Council Members from Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Nooksack, Everson, Blaine, Sumas From:  Joy Gilfilen, President Restorative Community Coalition RE: Please pass a vote of No Confidence – Urgent Call to Action to Fix the Jail Council members, our Whatcom County...

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Why Reverse Mass Incarceration in the US? This short video explains why. How? Let’s do “restorative justice”, societal interception, prevention, and implementing “restorative economic” solutions that stop perpetuating trauma in the…

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Business is not what you Think It Is! Art Sherwood, IDEA Institute – WWU Social Benefit Corporations are a powerful way to implement restorative economics. As time changes all things, authentic justice is finding its way into social, business and civic understanding.  The fact is that business models, methods and ways of doing business are...

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June 13, 2016 · This former CIA officer’s secret life taught her one lesson: ~Listen ~ to your enemy.   This is exactly why I have stood up and written the Stop Punishing Taxpayers, Start Rebuilding Community Report, why I filed the Noble Cause Corruption Complaint and more. These reports are about tackling the...

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Our Coalition was founded in 2006 and we have helped hundreds of clients restore their standing with their families. ~Costs of incarceration for ONE PERSON a year  in Washington State is:  $51,775!!!  Compared to: educating someone at $1500 to help get them back into the workforce, and BACK to THEIR LIVES!!!

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Our Freedom Farm – Started with a ‘Freedom Garden’ Experiment We have a plan to build a farm where people who are re-entering society after incarceration could come be rehabilitated and re-learn how the world works in a realistic, functional way.   Our business plan calls for: Bunkhouse and tiny home type housing on site with...

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Jail reform is at the roots of mass incarceration.  And Bernie Sanders gives us insight into how much out of balance we are.  Help fight mass criminalization of our youth, our displaced and our homeless for the benefit of corporations.  This is an excerpt from a Young Turks News show where Bernie talks about the...

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Reclaiming Lives This 4-minute video shows why Restorative Community Coalition is Standing Up for Inmates Recovery, Jail Reform and Restorative Economics Growing a healthy society is an individual, family, business and community matter.  This video is about the individual impacts of excessive incarceration (without rehabilitation) on real people.  We describe why it is cost effective...

2015 Taxpayers Report: Start Rebuilding Community The Coalition just produced after 10 years of research this document for the benefit of Whatcom County taxpayers to understand the complexity of the issue around building this large jail. Here is an excerpt from our opening page. Economic Alternatives = Opportunities for Taxpayers With over 25% of the...






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