Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Ubuntu Weekly #66

We did it! We fulfilled our mandate, presenting to the community last Thursday a report with our findings on the “context, causes, sequence and consequences of Nov. 3, 1979,” and the mandated “recommendations for concrete healing.”
  • Warm thanks to all our friends at Bennett College for Women for all they did to help make our ceremony in the historic college’s lovely Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel such a magical event, and thanks to Dr. Alma Adams for hosting the post-ceremony reception in the renovated Steele Hall Art Gallery.
  • With the report’s release, we’re excited to see on the blogs people energetically debating their own diverse interpretations around a foundation of facts instead of misperceptions and myths that have persisted since 1979. That’s a welcome step forward.
  • We’re especially encouraged by action toward one of our recommendations already beginning in the blogosphere at The Editor’s Log of the News & Record’s John Robinson.
  • Volunteer of the Week: Andy Coon, documentary filmmaker whose “Greensboro’s Child” tells a story of Nov. 3, 1979, we thank for engagement and support all along the way, including help making our CD-roms happen (they’ll be available next week). Thanks, Andy! Also, since this is the last edition of Ubuntu Weekly, thanks to all who volunteered or otherwise assisted or contributed to this process, even if just by thinking a good thought. Thanks, Everybody!
  • Closing progress indicators: Nearly 400 people attended our Report Release Ceremony; our Ubuntu Weekly e-mail list grew to 857 recipients; we’re almost out of the 1,000 magazine-sized copies of our Executive Summary.
Latest news coverage:
The Lex Files blog coverage, ongoing
Related News & Record coverage, Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Lorraine Ahearn column, News & Record, Sunday, May 28, 2006
Allen Johnson column, News & Record, Sunday, May 28, 2006
Chosen Fast blog coverage, Saturday, May 27, 2006
News & Record coverage, Saturday, May 27, 2006
NPR coverage, Friday, May 26, 2006
Richard Prince column, Journal-isms’s, Friday May 26, 2005
Lorraine Ahearn column, News & Record, Friday, May 26, 2006
News & Record coverage, Friday, May 26, 2006
Associated Press coverage, Friday, May 26, 2006
ThatsWhatzUp! blog coverage, Friday, May 26, 2006
WXII-12 coverage, Thursday, May 25, 2006
News & Record coverage, Thursday, May 25, 2006
Ed Cone Blog coverage, Thursday, May 25, 2006
Related Arkansas Democratic Gazette coverage, Wednesday. May 24, 2006

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Anonymous Elizabeth Wheaton said...

I'd like to add my thanks to all the commissioners, staff and volunteers for your commitment and diligent work. My little HP printer is not quite as pleased--stalling and making funny noises as it spit out (and occasionally chewed up) page after page of the report.

It's too late for HP, but I would like to get a copy of the full report. Any idea when it will be ready? And since you're closed/closing down, how will you let the public know?

Thanks again, all, and peace.


4:55 PM  
Blogger Cara Michele said...

Jill, me too. It's too hard to read online. When will the libraries have copies? And if the GTCRP is going to continue the dialogues (as I've heard), then could they maybe have a blog? I don't know what's next for you and Joya, but I'm sure you'll continue working for good. God bless you both. :)


5:37 PM  
Anonymous jill said...

Thanks for your supportive words, Michele and Liz. And thanks for being interested in reading the report. While supplies last, anyone who wants a hard copy of the report can get one by emailing your name and mailing address to or by calling our office and requesting one (336-275-6462). This will work through June 8. After that time, you can get the copies -- hard copy of report, CD-Roms, and executive summaries -- at any Greensboro Public Library branch, again while supplies last.

CM--The GTCRP is one group continuing the dialogue about the report. The public library and other organizations will also keep the conversation going. I think it is a great idea to have a blog about the report and I think it could be maintained by the GTCRP or anyone else for that matter. Perhaps it could be an open discussion on Greensboro101 even? I am wondering if local bloggers might either jointly or as individuals set up such a site either as bloggers or in conjunction with the GTCRP, the Greensboro Public Library, Bennett College or another organization?

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commission and Staff, thanks for your hard work and efforts. I am still looking for the answers to the questions below that you indicated (also below) would be answered. Also one more question? In your Report you refer several times to an all white jury, however, the jury Forman, one of the jury members in the first trial who pushed hard for some type of conviction, was Octavio R. Manduley a Hispanic Cuban. How does Mr. Manduley fit your definition of "all white jury?"

Anonymous said...
This is not an attack on your Executive Summary but some questions for ongoing dialogue. This type of dialogue may also prove helpful for the next T&R process in another community. Some of these questions are answered to some degree in your fuller posted report.

What happens in a truth inquiry that has no specific rules of evidence as in a court room? What happens when the Commission does not actually use any real type of cross examination? What happens when many key players from Nov. 3rd refuse to get involved with the process that has no subpoena power? How did the Commission decide to disregard some of the court room testimony of the three trials? What happens when a Commission decides (other than the 3 public hearings and a few community meetings) to insulate themselves from ongoing and daily conversations with the community and instead does most of their work in a very orchestrated, small group involved, internal fashion. (Supreme Court model rather than a bar room conversation model.) Would regular, specific issue, blogging that has been suggested be a good tool to better open up the dialogue?

What happens when the three groups who were actively involved on Nov. 3rd are viewed very differently as human beings by the Commission? The Klan and Nazi continue to be shown as terrorist. The police are shown as grossly negligent and probably criminally negligent. The CWP seems to be the one group, and possibly rightly so, who receives significant understanding and sympathy for all the horror that happened. Did the Commission's assumptions, some which may be correct, about the three groups create an underlying bias?

Of course every time someone brings up the connection between the survivors and the Commission some instantly show how the process is perfect and how the Commission is completely independent. But underlying assumptions and underlying ideologies abound in the work of this Commission and its staff. (Another Commission chosen by a very different and also fair selection process would also have underlying ideologies and assumptions.) So rather than provide examples of overlap between the survivors, Project and the Commission that could exist maybe we should be looking at underlying influences that may not be glaring but possibly significant to the reports outcome. (A worth while venture if you think the current process can be improved.)

The full report does include a lot of good and useful information but from the full report does the Executive Summary naturally spring? Or does the Executive Summary stand as an example of presenting the information with all three parties not being treated as equals? In other words was one group given the benefit of the doubt in most cases because they were viewed with sympathy and proper concern while the other two groups were seldom shown similar sympathy and concern? Did this Commission simply turn the previous trials on their head and present another version of Nov. 3rd that in its own way also lacks sufficient fairness to all three parties involved on Nov. 3rd?

Will the Commission and staff be around for a while to discuss some of the above questions and other questions from the community?

7:10 PM

jill said...
The Commission staff is currently scheduled to finish up its work on May 31st (tomorrow!), but I think we'll all be around for a little while longer to tie up many loose ends and discuss these types of questions.

I think your questions are good ones and, as you said, discussion of them may offer insight to other communities considering TRC processes. We're working on thoughtful replies and will post those in a new thread soon.

10:45 AM

12:54 PM  
Blogger MPWH said...

I just wanted to to bring to everyone's attention, and audio transcript of the Final Report's Executive Summary. That file can be found here:

We hope to have an audio version of the entire report made within the next few weeks.

5:38 AM  

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