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Ubuntu Philadelphia

Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu word meaning "humanity," or "virtues of humanity." It is often translated, "I am because we are" emphasizing the interconnectedness of all people. Ubuntu is an ongoing series of critical community engagements organized by Amistad Law Project’s Kempis Songster which have included several day long conferences. Ubuntu provides a space where community members can come together for open dialogue on community healing, re-imagining justice, and community accountability in addressing harm. Ubuntu Philadelphia is a continued effort to create an opportunity for our communities to work together to change the culture and environment of our city from one where violence and victimization (be it street, structural or domestic) are characteristics, to one that produces peaceful, safe and caring communities.

A group of returned juvenile lifers gather at Ubuntu Philadelphia and pledge to foster healing in the community.
A group of returned juvenile lifers gather at Ubuntu Philadelphia and pledge to foster healing in the community.