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Looking Toward November 3rd and Beyond

Wednesday, October 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lori Dieckman
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What are each of you as members of the NAFCM family doing locally to help create that space for bravery and the ability for others to be heard through the voting process?


Elections are community events that offer a process for all who registered to participate to make their truth known by selecting individuals who will cultivate responses needed by them and their community, as well as the interlocking county, state, and national community needs.


If that is indeed what voting and elections are, then clearly we, as community mediators, have a responsibility to help create that brave space for others to participate in the process.  This is an apolitical activity because we recognize our role, and the responsibilities that come with, is to help others speak their truth- not to speak our truth. As community mediators we work to create space for others to be able to speak their truth, for others to be brave, permitting others to know who they are and what they need, every day. Helping with the election process is no different.


Within that framework, NAFCM has joined with Mediators Beyond Boarders International (MBBI), participating in a convening of other international and national associations and national community data collection projects which focus on peacemaking, alternative dispute and conflict resolution, community disruption and disturbances, to discuss our potential role in sustaining a vibrant voting process.  Together we wish to enhance the ability to create the brave space needed so that all who want to participate in having their voices heard this year, will be able to do so. We are also discussing how to create that needed brave space after November 3 (the last day for casting a vote) for voices to continue to be heard and responded to, sustaining a connection in every community.


All gathered recognize that this needs to be a grassroots approach and an integration with already developed trust networks.  This work therefore needs to involve and listen to you, those closest to the ground, if you will, to inform those who are not what is going on and what is needed. 


Our commitment is to:

  • advance our work by revealing to others what you do every day, who you are and how we, together, can support peace both before and after November 3.
  • aggregate what you are doing so we have shared lessons.
  • amplify your voice so that our efforts remain localized and anchored in community.
  • continue to co-lead the cohesion effort.
  • monitor the data and keep you informed.

For now, we ask that you:

  • keep us posted on what is going on in your community and how we may support.
  • go into your profile and make sure you marked yes to being on our NAFCM locator map.
  • recognize our shared path, which we are on together, and that you are not alone.


We will continue to keep you posted on this national work.  And of course, watch this space.


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