Restoring Humanity...What Does That Even Mean?

From the Director's Desk: June 11th is quickly approaching...the day a group of courageous individuals come together for the first time to share messages of hope and inspiration from successful reintegration into life after incarceration. These individuals were incarcerated between 10 and 29 years, several of them having life sentences.

Along with a handful of committed volunteers, I had the opportunity these past months to listen to the life experiences of each of these speakers. In listening to them, I saw my own labels and judgments fall away, leaving only a human being in front of me; one worthy of my own understanding and compassion. 

When we can see others, not for what they have done or how they look, but as a mirror reflection of our own self...that is what "Restoring Humanity" means to me.

And that is what I discovered in listening to these talks.

I hope you will challenge yourself to grow and stretch beyond the labels and judgments you may hold and join us either in person in San Diego or via live-stream. (Read on for details on how to register.) 

On a more personal note, I am deeply looking forward to this event. As this newsletter comes to you just days after the devastating loss of life in Uvalde and weeks after the same in Buffalo, I know I certainly need a new boost of belief in humanity. I hope you will join us. 

Amanda Schneider

Speaker Spotlight

Aliza Amar  San Diego, California

"As a woman of color, as being Arab, Morrocan, Isreali...speaking was not an option. And I know I have millions of sisters out there in the world." - Aliza
Aliza was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 1985. She is the founder of the nonprofit Breaking the Silence Together, affecting change and bringing awareness to violence against women globally. Aliza recently completed the Restorative Justice Certificate Program from University of San Diego and has been accepted there for the leadership/coaching program. She is passionate about making a difference in women's lives, specifically women who have been trafficked or incarcerated. 
"I am done wth being who you all want me to be. It's time to do something for me." Do you have friends who need to step into their own power? Watch and share this
10 minute talk with someone who needs a boost! 
Watch Aliza's Talk
Join us for this FREE livestream on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 pm PDT. 
A group of courageous individuals will come together for the first time to share their empowering messages of hope in finding success through restorative reintegration after incarceration. 

"Restoring Humanity" is the culmination of a 90-day speaker training experience delivered by Amplify Voices. This event is brought to you by the National Center on Restorative Justice, The University of San Diego and the Catholic Diocese of San Diego.
Register Here for the FREE Livestream

Mark Your Calendar! 

  • Amplify Dare to Share Speaker Showcase
    • Tuesday May 31st 5:00 - 6:30 pm PDT/AZ  Virtual (Zoom)
    • By private invitation - for more information
  • Amplify Speaker Training Experience - Giving Voice to the Formerly Incarcerated
    • Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm PDT/AZ
    • University of San Diego, Warren Auditorium / Live-stream available
    • Click here to register for this FREE event.
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