Communities for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ, pronounced as 'courage') emerged out of organizing that opposed the North Oakland and Fruitvale gang injunctions, initiated by Oakland's City Attorney in 2010. At our foundation is the understanding that only through community healing, and reconnecting to our indigenous roots, can we begin to address the violence we have faced from colonialism and forced migration. Through our programming we show that current models of justice are ineffective, and that restorative justice circles, mural creation, community garden development and engaging in ceremony lead to a healthy community. Additionally CURYJ is developing youth leadership to transform criminal justice policy at the city, county and state-level through active participation in coalitions that are working toward alternatives to incarceration and policing. We look forward to building with you as we put into practice our vision for Oakland's future.




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2289 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94606