Tuesday, December 13, 2005

GTRC Community Dialogue Issues and Recommendations

On November 5, 2005, approximately 150 community members and volunteers participated in a day-long series of facilitated conversations designed:
· To give the community a voice in the Commission’s final report recommendations
· To help the community, including the Commission, to better understand the issues surrounding the events of Nov. 3, 1979, and how they are connected to our present and future.
· To lay a foundation for community bridge building over time.

Early in the day, participants generated lists of brainstormed issues still affecting Greensboro that are either directly or indirectly linked to the events of November 3, 1979. From this extensive list of brainstormed issues, a shorter list of issues were generated and each of the following were then discussed further:
· Health Care/Housing/Living Conditions
· Developing Community Leadership
· Continuing Reconciliation
· Media Accountability
· Government Accountability (including police)
· Acknowledging November 3, 1979
· Economic Justice
· Workers’ Rights (no one chose to participate in this discussion)
· Confronting Racism
· Education/School System
· Education/Civic Participation

Each of the small groups were assigned one of these topics and were asked to generate ideas (first individually, then as groups) for ways to address these issues. Each small group was asked to consider the following overarching themes:
· Confronting Racism
· Building Community (Trust and Communication)
· Fostering Reconciliation
· Healing the Soul

Participants first brainstormed ideas for recommendations addressing their chosen issue and then groups processed these ideas and ultimately created a list of group recommendations.

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Included in this document are the data generated in these discussions, including:
· Group recommendations—At the end of the day, small groups generated a list of 66 recommendations for working toward community healing around the events of November 3, 1979. These recommendations are directed to the city, institutions, and individuals in the Greensboro, NC community. (This data came from the following two sets of raw data.)
· Brainstormed issues –Early in the day, participants brainstormed issues either directly or indirectly linking Greensboro in 2005 to the events of November 3, 1979. This is a list of all of the ideas generated by individuals in this session.
· Brainstormed recommendations—This is a list of all of the participants’ ideas for recommendations generated during a silent brainstorming session.
· Bridge Building Groups—Because one of the goals of the Community Dialogue was to lay the foundation for community bridge building, we asked participants to add to a list of local organizations which contribute to bridge building in Greensboro.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: None of this data represents views formally endorsed by the GTRC. It will be reviewed and considered by the GTRC for its final report, but this document only represents the ideas shared by community members in the Community Dialogue.)


Please click here to view the entire report.

posted by Jill Williams, exec. dir.

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