Thirty inmates took part in a non-violence workshop.

Thirty inmates took part in a non-violence workshop.

By Lt. Roland Ramon, A.A., Public Information Officer
Correctional Training Facility 

In Soledad, 30 inmates delved deep into the legacy of someone known for his work in the nonviolent civil rights movement.

In early October, the inmates at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad continued the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., by participating in a two-day introductory workshop in “Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation.”

The training, led by Kazu Haga and Theresa Guy Moran of the Oakland-based East Point Peace Academy, was developed by some of Dr. King’s closest allies and has been used to bring about cultures of peace in prisons, schools and other institutions around the world.

Over the two-day workshop, the inmates were led through a series of activities including role playing, lectures, small group work and readings to learn about the principles of nonviolence and the study on the nature of conflict.

“Conflict is neutral. Fighting, yelling, violence – those things are not conflicts, they are things that happen when you mismanage a conflict,” said Haga. “If we learn how to respond better to conflict, just as likely an outcome is a lesson learned or a strengthened relationship. Nonviolence is the art, study and practice of responding to conflict in healthy ways.”

Haga hopes this is one of many workshops.

“Working in partnership with the CDCR, East Point hopes to continue these workshops as a way to continue to lessen the violence and increase the peace,” Haga said.

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