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An Open Letter on Ignorance and Fear from the NAFCM Team

Sunday, July 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brennan Frazier
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Dear Friends,

We are greatly saddened by the loss of life this week as a result of shootings involving encounters between police officers and citizens in Minnesota, Texas and Louisiana. We share in the grief felt throughout our nation and in our local communities.

The tragic deaths of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Officer Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Michael J Smith, Brent Thompson, Officer Patrick Zamarripa in Dallas, serve as a reminder that our society can fall into the trap of fear and ignorance which only diminishes our ability to respect the dignity of all people and in cherishing all.

We believe that until we think long term and embed the skills and values of community mediation into the solution-focused process and dialogues this cycle of violence will continue.

Therefore, let us stop the cycle of violence, bred by ignorance and fear, by standing together and engaging our communities one precinct at a time. These organic efforts will build a more united community that is committed to creating a just and inclusive world rather than one of fear and ignorance.

This is why, with JAMS Foundation support, NAFCM has worked since August 2015 to create a path for solutions that can bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve by using the skills and techniques of community mediation in four selected communities. To learn more go to: http://bit.ly/29NkBFO. This is why, with JAMS Foundation support, NAFCM is working to select the most ready community mediation centers to work on creating a path for solutions that can assist all communities in navigating cultural differences.

Because of your support in your community, your belief in the transformational power of community mediation, and your connectedness with NAFCM, we are confident that you are already making a valuable contribution through engaging in critical dialogue, increasing intercultural understanding, fostering mutual respect, building bridges across differences, and promoting community engagement. Let us continue our dialogue together through Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for all that you do and continue to do to bring peace to our world. Without you, NAFCM could not advance the work of community mediation, aggregate the wisdom of community mediation, and amplify the voice of community mediation.

We must not fall into the trap of fear and ignorance but instead hold on to hope, remain curious, be patient, and give grace.

This is our time to recommit ourselves to our core values of integrity, quality, visionary, curiosity, and collaboration.

Together we will transform our world.

Warm regards,

D.G. Mawn
NAFCM Associate Director
9 Hallmarks of a Community Mediation Center

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