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Rise Up

Thursday, June 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Dieckman
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Rise Up

Not being able to breathe did not begin this week, many have not been able to breathe for centuries in our country. Incarcerating hundreds of thousands of Americans has not led to the end of crime, the arrest and persecution of a single officer will not resolve the issue of systemic racism or institutional violence against people of color, especially Black Americans, in the United States. Instead, we are called to take this moment with eyes wide open and step forward and help create the change we need.


As community mediators we are committed to Hallmark 8 and are called to initiate, facilitate and educate for collaborative community relationships to effective positive systemic change.  This requires us to be self-reflective, empathetic, curious; and to recognize that we are all connected in an inter-relational web.   Embracing our role in that web is an essential first step in the process of systemic reformation and transformation.


This is an opportunity to rise up, stand together and claim with hope our mutual responsibility and accountability to hold that space to be brave for ourselves, and others, and create a new institutional culture.


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