Monday, March 27, 2006

GTRC Report Receiver Invitation

To: All Greensboro community, civic and religious organizations (and national organizations, too!)

From: The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Date: Spring 2006

At a ceremony June 12, 2004, witnessed by more than 500 people, the seven members of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission – the first of its kind in the United States –accepted a mandate from the grassroots Greensboro Truth and Community Reconciliation Project to seek the truth and work for reconciliation around the five deaths of Nov. 3, 1979.

In the 21 months since then, with the help of a five-member staff, the Commission has examined the context, causes, sequence and consequences of an event that traumatized the city. We held three public hearings and a community dialogue that highlighted the many different perspectives that exist about the shootings and their aftermath.

At a report release ceremony on Thursday, May 25, we will deliver our final report, which will include recommendations for concrete community healing and restorative justice and mark the official end of our work. Our mandate directs us to deliver our report to the residents of Greensboro, the city, the Project (which launched the democratic process that created the Commission), and “other public bodies.”

We now invite you, as a representative of a local organization working for the good of Greensboro, to make your organization one of those other public bodies by becoming an official GTRC Report Receiver, acknowledging that truth and reconciliation are worthy goals and that the Commission has taken its mandate seriously. Specifically, without agreeing in advance with any of our findings, GTRC Report Receivers agree to do the following:

· Send a representative from the organization to symbolically receive the Commission’s final report at our report release ceremony, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel at Bennett College for Women, 900 E. Washington St.;
· Read the report or the executive summary as a group, then engage in an open and honest dialogue about our findings;
· (Local organizations only) Send a representative to a community-wide gathering of GTRC Report Receivers at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Tuscana Cuisine, 709 E. Market St.
· Assess the report’s findings and recommendations, then work to help implement any of the recommendations we agree will further the cause of community reconciliation and healing.

Once our report is delivered, the Commission will no longer exist. It will then be the responsibility of our community to use what we’ve learned through this process to ensure the long-lasting results envisioned in the Project’s Declaration of Intent, which calls for six to 12 months of dialogue based on our impartial report.

Will you stand with us? The more groups that choose to take ownership of this pioneering effort, the stronger it will be. If you have questions, a GTRC representative can come speak with your group to answer them. Thank you in advance for completing and returning the form by mail, personal delivery, fax or e-mail, using the contact information below.

122 N. Elm St., Suite 505, Greensboro, NC 27401 ● Phone: 336-275-6462 ● Fax: 336-275-6227 ●


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