The Right to Remain Human

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I’m excited to share a panel discussion I’ve been organizing, that grew out of my artwork on justice. Please take a look at the write up below, and I hope you’ll plan to attend!

Wednesday, November 4th, 12-1:30 pm (Check-in from 11:30-12:00)
Alameda County Law Library, 125 Twelfth Street, Oakland CA
$25 advanced registration, $35 day of event
Bring your own lunch
Register at Eventbrite
You can also contact me at for questions, and video recording information.

The Right to Remain Human:
Next steps in raising our standard of justice

"Hush" by Kim VanderheidenIn the Alameda County Law Library’s recent exhibit, “Words that Glimmer, Words that Break,” artist Kim Vanderheiden considered society’s gradual and ongoing process of placing law and justice at the service of citizens regardless of social and economic status. As she examined ways our lives are touched by today’s justice system, she questioned places where our core values seemed not to be reflected in it, and places where it seems to undermine some of our deepest needs as humans.

In her work, Vanderheiden explored concepts of restorative justice, spiritual justice, and the human need for connection. Throughout the process of creating the work, she asked,

“How do I, as a citizen, want our legal system to evolve next?”

 Please join us at on November 4th as we pose this question to our panelists:

Fania DavisPeter GabelReginald Lyles

Fania Davis

  • Founder and Executive Director of RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth)
  • 27 year career as a civil rights trial lawyer
  • Restorative justice scholar and professor with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge
  • Esteemed career in social activism seeded by murder of two childhood friends in the Sunday School bombing of 1963
  • Noted awards include Los Angeles Times New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century

Peter Gabel

  • Author of The Bank Teller and Other Essays on the Politics of Meaning and Another Way of Seeing: essays on transforming law, politics, and culture
  • Founder and 30-year professor of New College public interest law school
  • President of New College of California from 1987-2001
  • Co-chair of nationwide Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics
  • Writings influenced development of Vanderheiden’s exhibited artwork

Reginald W. Lyles

  • Former senior advisor for public safety to former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
  • Retired command level law enforcement officer
  • Deacon of Allen Temple Baptist Church for over 30 years
  • Bible Scholar Award-winner of the American Baptist Seminary of the West
  • Teaches and advises churches, governmental and non-governmental
    organizations, on public safety, as well as civil and human rights

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