Race: It's Everybody's Business
“Race is really hard to talk about but it is absolutely necessary to enhance our understanding of one another.”
Judge Peggy Hora (Ret.)
Rochester among case studies in Ohio State project addressing racial division
September 20, 2017
How to address civil unrest before it ignites in violence is the focus of a project seeking to instruct and learn from a handful of cities — including Rochester.
The Divided Communities Project, based at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, recently included Rochester in a small but growing list of communities that will serve as case studies.
Rochester is farther along than most, and its developing Community Response Team is what attracted researchers’ attention. That team is just now being finalized, with training set for this weekend, kicking off with a public forum on Friday. …
The Rochester team — a group of about 15 leaders from across the spectrum of criminal justice, education, faith, civil rights and other nonprofits — is an outgrowth of the broader, Democrat and Chronicle-led Unite Rochester campaign, now in its fourth year. The community response team formed as a separate entity, currently being led by Cynthia Herriott, who also serves as compliance, diversity and inclusion officer for the Rochester Housing Authority. …
“It’s important to study those other cities and see what they are dealing with,” Herriott said. “But I also think it’s important (to realize) that you just don’t know what could come up and why. When we are dealing with human emotions, it is such an unstructured thing.”
At the forum, Anderson is expected to talk about structural matters he confronted, from police policies to local ordinances that contributed to tensions. He will be joined by retired California Superior Court Judge Peggy Fulton Hora, president of the Justice Speakers Institute, who is versed in local issues, has a background in the solution-focused courts movement and has written extensively on justice issues. …
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Editorial: Unite Rochester is inspiring solutions to racism
Editorial Board Published 4:27 p.m. ET Sept. 21, 2017
The Rochester Storytellers Project is among several news ways that the Democrat and Chronicle is telling the story of our community through the eyes of people who live here.
A lesbian couple who moved here, in part, because of Wegmans. A deaf woman who has spent much of her life struggling to be heard. An engaging Latino leader who rose above his abusive childhood and criminal past. A Jewish doctor with a penchant for meeting others who are not like him. A black woman living in poverty who fell after her mother died, and was lifted back up by her church. A black female professional who follows her own path. A young refugee with only one vivid, and frightening, memory from childhood. A rural white couple who brought home two babies from Africa.
These are your neighbors. Last week, they told their stories in front of 135 others in the audience – each of whom has his or her own unique tale to tell as well.
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