Critical Connections and Karuna Center for Peacebuilding will be continuing our "Transforming This Moment" event series in Western Massachusetts throughout 2018, with local discussions and dialogues focused on Examining Our Collective Responsibility. In addition, we are pleased to continue the "Building Inclusive Communities" series, for which we are convening sector-specific, half-day symposia during the December 2017-December 2018 period. Through these symposia, we will engage with various public sector officials and civil society groups to explore the role each sector can play to promote diversity, inclusion and pluralism. The first symposium brought together religious leaders and other members of faith communities for rich discussions and analysis of their role in building inclusive communities. (If you missed the first symposium, you can read the report here.)
UPCOMING PROGRAMS IN THIS SERIES:
This is part of our Building Inclusive Communities symposium series, co-organized with Critical Connections
BUILDING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES: IMPROVING COMMUNITY-POLICE RELATIONS
Friday, May 25
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave, Holyoke, MA 01040
Please join us for a day-long symposium in Holyoke, MA to improve understanding of the structural and societal factors that adversely affect relations between law-enforcement and communities of color. The symposium will examine local initiatives that increase police accountability, highlight community perspectives on gaps and challenges, and identify opportunities to address them collaboratively.
Panel presentations will be followed by small group and plenary discussions on best practices and next steps. Join community leaders, activists, civil rights experts, and law-enforcement personnel for a day of reflection and conversation on strengthening community-police relations.
The event is free and open to the public. However, we require that participants register ahead of time so that we know how many people to expect. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience, and by May 23th at the latest. Participants are kindly requested to attend the full symposium.