Join the conversation! UNC CELE invites IAP2 USA members to respond to recently released resources posted to assist with improving relations between the police and black communities
The University of North Carolina School of Government Community Engagement Learning Exchange (CELE) recently released three resources to help public participation professionals plan for highly charged community conversations around policing in black communities. Read the resources and share your experience via the comments.
“…we can work through racial divides in this country when we realize the worry black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when he puts on the blue and goes to work, that we can honor police and treat every community fairly. We can do that… acknowledging problems that have festered for decades isn’t making race relations worse, it’s creating the possibility for people of goodwill to join and make things better.” —President Barack Obama
- Using Public Convenings to Advance Police Community Relations. Part 1: Sorting Through the Options for Meeting – Provides a summary of design considerations provided to an informal group of pastors to raise awareness about how different approaches to engaging stakeholders and designing meetings have different implications for meeting organization, design, facilitation, and best-case outcomes, published August 30, 2016.
- Black Lives Matter: My Fayetteville Experience of Losing Black Citizens – The Black Lives Matter [link added] movement isn’t directed at white people or cops, it is pointing out a serious social issue in which lives are being lost, and no one seems to really care, published August 24, 2016.
- Steps for Working on Police-Community Relations – Where do we Start? – Learning about structural racism, engaging communities of color in authentic conversations, and demonstrating a commitment to action (more than just talk) are good starting points to helping communities address the inequities that have led to the current climate of mistrust, published August 3, 2016.
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“Racial inequity is not simply a black person’s problem, nor a white person’s ignorance. It’s a systemic issue that permeates all aspects of our society, especially the criminal justice system and particularly law enforcement who are on the front line of heightened tensions.” —Chief District Court Judge Marcia H. Morey, Durham County North Carolina
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