The core of many of the problems that exist in our society flow out of a combination of any one or more of these issues…
Not immediately seeing people affected by the issue, thus leading to a sense of the struggle being more sporadic and infrequent instead of systemic
Not having ample and ongoing opportunities to hear from, learn from and work with people on different sides of issues, people coming together to talk about concerns from different angles and perspectives
This tends to foster a deepening suspicion, mistrust and even anger, which in turn further isolates and segregates our communities.
There are no quick-fixes to these struggles, but there are some ways that we can start to chip away at them, and one is the community precinct meetings that happen in New York precincts all around the city.
Recently, one of our Trellis Crew attended her local precinct meeting and shared her experience
A space and a willingness to hear and see, and be heard and seen, particularly for youth and youth of color in conversations around policing in the community is a key component of breaking down some of the barriers and walls that exist.
This summer, through our collaborative public art project, Community Heroes, we partnered to put on Red Hook Reporters, a community-based reporting project connecting youth to local leaders and institutions, and providing the tools and space needed for teens to tell the stories of their own neighborhood. One of the stories was about the police and the youth in the Red Hook community. You can see the work HERE
You can find out more about where and when your community precinct meeting happens HERE
Diverse communities that can hear, listen to and learn from each other are better equipped to grow together.