Bridges Project Working Groups
The range of issues concerning race relations requires focused attention on key issues. A Working Group is formed when the Board approves the initiative of a leader and an activist team. These are the active groups presently. Any of them would be delighted to have you share in their work.
To get in touch with any of our Working Groups, please send an email to: marionbridgesfl <at> gmail.com
ChainBreakers realizes that it is at the personal and relational level that people struggle. By providing safe, accessible ways for people to explore, listen, and come to understand each other, this working group seeks to transform lives and relationships.
ChainBreakers' first major event was the showing of the movie Racial Taboo at College of Central Florida in 2016. The event packed the Klein Center with over 300 people who viewed the movie and engaged in discussion groups afterward.
In February, 2019, Candid Conversations: Living With Color also provided a unique format for engaging the community - see the post on the Home page about this huge event. You can even watch the video.
Leader: Peggy Hostetler
Engaging Law Enforcement
Engaging Law Enforcement confronts the issues faced by law enforcement officers in dealing with difficult situations every day, and by people of color who have seen many examples of mistreatment and unfair practices by law enforcement. There are two sides to be heard and understood, but their relationships are unequal.
This working group has invested considerable effort in conducting a survey of local residents in select communities and neighborhoods to gain their perspective on encounters with local law enforcement.
Click here to read an article about the survey.
Click the Download File link below for the full survey.
Leader: John Moxley
Monument Working Group aims to tell a horrific untold story in our community. Coming to light in Equal Justice Initiative's (EJI) study of lynching in the US, EJI named Marion County's number of lynchings among the highest in Florida and the US. An excellent article appeared in the Ocala Star Banner on this subject - click here to read more. (A companion article on show or sham trials is also excellent - click here to read more.)
Now, with EJI's National Memorial opened in Montgomery, Alabama, the Monument Working Group is considering a variety of paths to tell the story of lynching in Marion County by memorializing the victims and to remember the untold history so that we can be sure that we stand for justice and due process for all.
Leader: Winston Sherman