On November 3, 1979, five protest marchers in Greensboro, North Carolina, were shot and killed by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. There were no police present, but television crews captured the shootings on video. Despite two criminal trials, none of the killers ever served time for their crimes, exposing what many believed to be the inadequacy of judicial, political, and economic systems in the United States. Twenty-five years later, in 2004, Greensboro residents, inspired by post-apartheid South Africa, initiated a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to take public testimony and examine the causes, sequence of events, and consequences of the massacre. The TRC was to be a process and a tool by which citizens could feel confident about the truth of the city's history in order to reconcile divergent understandings of past and current city values, and it became the foundation for the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States. Spoma Jovanovic, who worked alongside other community members to document the grassroots effort to convene the first TRC in the United States, provides a resource and case study of how citizens in one community used their TRC as a way to understand the past and conceive the future. This book preserves the historical significance of a people's effort to seek truth and work for reconciliation, shows a variety of discourse models for other communities to use in seeking to redress past harms, and demonstrates the power of community action to promote participatory democracy.
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|Book Title||: Crimes Against Humanity in the Land of the Free Can a Truth and Reconciliation Process Heal Racial Conflict in America|
|Author||: Imani Michelle Scott|
|Release Date||: 2014-08-20|
|Available Language||: English, Spanish, And French|
This vital book considers the compelling and addictive hold that racism has had on centuries of Americans, explores historical and contemporary norms complicit in the problem, and appeals to the U.S. government to improve race relations, rectify existent social imperfections, and guard against future race-based abuses. • Presents the inescapable evidence of persistent social violence, inequalities, and injustices perpetrated against blacks within America's borders prior to and for centuries since the nation's founding • Identifies the negative psycho-social consequences and harmful impact of "transgenerated trauma"—based on the experiences of living in an overtly oppressive society for centuries—on both the oppressed and the oppressor in America • Emphasizes the necessity for all American citizens to share the responsibility for exposing historical truths, working through painful memories and realities, engaging in long-avoided dialogue, and implementing systems to assure a more just America for all its citizens
Contemporary society encounters profound economical, socio-ecological and political crises challenging the democratic foundation of our societies. This book addresses the potentials and challenges for Action Research supporting democratic alternatives. It offers a broad spectrum of examples from Scandinavian Action Research showing different openings towards democratic development. The book’s first part contributes with a wide range of examples such as Action Research in relation to the Triple Helix/Mode II contexts, to design as a democratic process, to renewal of welfare work and public institutions, to innovation policies combining Action Research with gender science. In the second part of the book epistemological and ontological dimensions of Action Research are discussed addressing questions of validity criteria related to Action Research, the transformation of knowledge institutions and the specific character of creativity in Action Research. The book offers a basis for theoretical as well as practical oriented discussions and critical reflections within the field of Action Research and related research orientations, involving a wide range of actors.
A study of the role of communication in the creation of a more just society
With trust in top-down government faltering, community-based groups around the world are displaying an ever-greater appetite to take control of their own lives and neighbourhoods. Government, for its part, is keen to embrace the projects and the planning undertaken at this level, attempting to regularise it and use it as a means of reconnecting to citizens and localising democracy. This unique book analyses the contexts, drivers and outcomes of community action and planning in a selection of case studies in the global north: from emergent neighbourhood planning in England to the community-based housing movement in New York, and from active citizenship in the Dutch new towns to associative action in Marseille. It will be a valuable resource for academic researchers and for postgraduate students on social policy, planning and community development courses.
This work explores innovation in various forms of civic engagement, while documenting the renewal of the civic movement and analyzing the power of citizens in their communities. From civic environmentalism to public journalism, Sirianni and Friedland offer unique insights into the future methods and directions of American self-rule while providing a resourcerich guide for future research in the field.
Community development finds itself in times of unprecedented political, social and economic change, locally and globally, at the same time as divisions between poverty and privilege widen. Building practical approaches to theory and theoretical approaches to practice, this updated and expanded second edition of a bestselling text develops critiques of the changing context and identifies challenges faced by community development both at community level and as a collective force for a more just, equal and sustainable future. Featuring a range of different models of community development and illustrative stories from practitioners in the field, the new edition will be essential reading for practitioners, students and educators involved in community development, youth and community work, social work, health and education.
Gone are the days when the term diversity may have been usedto solely signify the color of one's skin or gender. This volumeexamines how diverse and marginalized populations aresituated within American community colleges amd pushes theboundaries of our understanding of these terms. The editors and contributing authors examine various studentgroups as well as give voice to the marginalization felt by a groupof faculty. Topics include: Examining the concept of student marginalization through aframework based on Dewey's 1916 work, Democracy andEducation Experiences of Adult English as Second Language learners Seeing the community college environment through the eyes ofstudent athletes Current research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, andqueer (LGBTQ) community college students and the need for more Student Veterans Underprepared college students and community College faculty in correctionalinstitutions. The volume concludes with key resources for anyone who workswith or researches marginalized populations. The resources includesources for further reading, existing organizations serving variousmarginalized groups, and some possible funding opportunities. This is the 155th volume of the Jossey-Bass quarterly reportseries New Directions for Community Colleges.Essential to the professional libraries of presidents, vicepresidents, deans, and other leaders in today's open-doorinstitutions, New Directions for Community Collegesprovides expert guidance in meeting the challenges of theirdistinctive and expanding educational mission.