2017 Deliberative Dialogue Topic: Safety and Justice: How should we ensure everyone feels safe in our communities?

The Community Advancement Network, in partnership with iACT, will host a series of Deliberative Dialogues on the topic of Safety and Justice. While local crime rates in our community have declined over recent years, many people still do not feel safe and/or feel that they are not being treated fairly when it comes to law enforcement and criminal justice.The deliberative dialogues will bring community members together to discuss and consider how we can increase safety in our community, while at the same time ensure justice. These conversations have been happening across the country. The National Issues Forum has developed an issue guide that walks people through a conversation about how communities can restore goodwill and trust between law enforcement and citizens.

Dialogue participants will explore each option, discuss possible solutions, and weigh the trade-offs involved for each. The facilitated conversations will help people better understand the issue from three very different perspectives and learn what other community members think and feel about the issue. Sometimes, the best ideas for solutions come from the community and engaging community members and law enforcement together to find ways forward. The output from these conversations will help inform local policy makers and will also be incorporated into the results from the national conversations.

Volunteers Needed to Help Moderate Deliberative Dialogues

CAN seeks volunteers to help facilitate the Deliberative Dialogues on Safety & Justice. There will be a FREE Moderator Training on Saturday, September 16, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., at St. Edwards University, 3001 S Congress Ave., Fleck Hall, Room 305, Austin, TX.

Small group moderators will be trained by Civic Collaboration on how to facilitate this community dialogue. Moderators will facilitate an 8-10 person table for at least one community dialogue, helping participants to talk respectfully and productively, and assist in the capturing of discussion notes. Moderators will not join the conversation, offer opinions, or have to be experts on the issue.

We are looking for people who are…

  • excited about supporting an important community conversation
  • committed to complete the training and moderating at least one community dialogue
  • bilingual in Spanish and English (welcome but not required)

Training space is limited. REGISTER HERE today.

Register to Participate in a Safety and Justice Dialogue

CAN and iACT will host dialogues this fall. Check back for more locations, dates, and times.

  • September 26, 2017 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio Street, Austin, TX (Free parking is available in the University COOP parking garage. Building is accessible)

REGISTER HERE to participate in a Deliberative Dialogue.

Learn more about the Safety and Justice Dialogue


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