Our grassroots movement, Peace and Police, is a movement used to strengthen the relationship between the police and their community by ending friction between the two. This Grassroots project will use the Unitive Justice system, so that values and equality, discernment and power, can be strengthened. Conflicts will be solved mutually.
Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and Michael Brown were all victims of police brutality and they were all African American. Does that mean their race was the cause of their deaths is a question many are asking. I feel the African American race is being targeted.
Black girls and women are too often disregarded or disrespected by the media and others due to stereotypes. I’d like to ask people to take a moment to educate themselves about the experiences of women of color, information that is widely available on the Internet and in numerous books.
When will we live in a world where everyone is equal? It isn’t fair that because someone is of a different color they are treated differently. We need Dr. King’s words of hope and inspiration now more than ever!
Community policing is a new philosophy of policing based on the concept that the police and citizens can work together in creative ways can solve contemporary community problems. Restorative justice provides an entirely different way of thinking about crime and victimization that can be used in community policing.
I encourage sexual assault victims to do the right thing: report this violence, or it will never stop.
Some of the methods the police use today are ineffective and cause an imbalance within the communities they serve. An anonymous Suggestion Box where community members can share their ideas and information is a way to foster communication between the police and community residents.
Students at VUU who are studying Restorative Justice will roll out their NationInside.org campaign called Peace & Police. Please join us as we launch our grassroots campaign aimed at improving the relationship between the police and the communities they serve.