Thursday, September 15, 2005

League of Women Voters Support the GTRC

Thanks to the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad for its support of the GTRC. The members discussed the first public hearing at length afterwards (notes from that meeting can be found here) and wrote this letter to the editor in the News and Record later:

Commission launches an important process
Prevention of violence has been a position of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. since 1994. We support an active role for government and social institutions in preventing violent behavior.


One of the most violent actions occurring in Greensboro's recent history was the shooting at Morningside Homes on Nov. 3, 1979.The League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad endorses the process that the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission is following to assemble a clear picture of that tragic event.

Many organizations, including ours, were asked to nominate people to the commission. We commend this effort to be inclusive. The commission now seeks the thoughts and memories of all. We hope the residents of Greensboro will avail themselves of the opportunities to participate and to read the report. Knowledge and understanding of the emotions and actions of that time will aid in preventing similar events and in mending community fragmentation.

This commission is the first in the United States, and it can set the pattern for others to follow.

We thank the News & Record for its coverage of the meetings of the commission and hope that it will continue to report these conversations with the public.

Ellen B. Olson
Greensboro

The writer is president, League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad.


Emily Harwell, Ph.D., GTRC Research Director and Joya Wesley, GTRC Communications Director will be guests at the LWVPT's first luncheon series in the 2004/2005 year. For a complete schedule and information about this series, visit here.

posted by Jill Williams, exec. dir.

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