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For April's Community page (our first!), we've got the now hard-to-find One America documents, a great Public Conversations Project article on abortion dialogue, and info on a new network for organizations that bridge racial divisions. We also have information on the World Conference Against Racism, a phenomenal PBS documentary about race relations, and a new Tool Kit for community builders. Plus much more! We hope you enjoy and benefit from this page, and keep coming back each month.

New Listserv for Dialogue Leaders

With the loss of Dialogon and other nationally oriented listservs (e-mail discussion lists) about dialogue, there has been a noticeable void online in the much-needed conversation among organizers and facilitators of dialogue.

On April 16, the brand new Dialogue Leaders Listserv will welcome all dialogue organizers and facilitators who are interested in joining an ongoing on-line discussion (click on this link for info on subscribing). The purpose of the listserv is to provide a forum for sharing information of interest to the dialogue field (events, strategies, resources, etc.) and networking with people who are doing similar work in different communities.

Currently, DialogueLeaders is involved in a preparatory phase to develop strategies for a successful listserv and to make sure the system works properly. Interested members of the dialogue community are invited to subscribe now, but until April 16, the activity on DialogueLeaders will probably be limited.

President Clinton's Initiative On Race

Due to the recent changing of the guard in the White House, the various info and materials from Clinton's Initiative on Race (One America) are no longer available at the White House website. After much searching, I did discover a website that has all of the administration's archives. Click here for the One America pages. For your convenience, I also have the major publications available for downloading right from this page (in PDF format using Acrobat Reader). Click on the titles below to download them onto your computer.

One America Dialogue Guide: Conducting a Discussion on Race. One America in the 21st Century: The President's Initiative on Race. March 1998. (39 pages; 352k)

One America in the 21st Century: Forging a New Future: The President's Initiative on Race Advisory Board's Report to the President. (121 pages plus appendices; 1.18 MB)

Changing America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being by Race and Hispanic Origin. By the Council of Economic Advisors for the President's Initiative on Race. (80 pages; 688k)

Pathways to One America in the 21st Century: Promising Practices for Racial Reconciliation. Where Clinton's Initiative recognizes hundreds of successful dialogue and other organizations. (196 pages; 1.43 MB)

Dialogue Brings Together Pro-Life and
Pro-Choice Leaders in Boston

For six years, leaders on both sides of the abortion debate have met in secret in an attempt to better understand each other through dialogue with the Public Conversations Project. In a January 28, 2001 Boston Globe article entitled "Talking With The Enemy," these leaders share what they have learned. Don't miss this amazing article! Click here.

NABRE to Connect and Support Dialogue Leaders

A new network has been formed to bring together community-based organizations that bridge racial and ethnic divisions. The Network of Alliances Bridging Race and Ethnicity (or NABRE - pronounced "neighbor") is a project of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and seeks to help groups share ideas and experiences and build mutual support.

Contact Director Michael Wenger with the following contact info or go to their website.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20005

World Conference Against Racism

World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will take place in Durban, South Africa from August 31 through September 7, 2001. For specific inquiries, you can contact the Development and Human Rights Section of the United Nations by calling 212-963-3771 or emailing . Here are the two websites I found with the most info on the conference:

http://www.igc.org/igc/gateway/arn/worldconf/index.html http://www.un.org/WCAR/facts1.htm

PBS Documentary Encourages Race Dialogue

In February, PBS aired an excellent documentary entitled Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace. Dialogues and other programs continue to be organized around this show, which is available on video.

The show documents an innovative gathering in Senegal which brought together Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize winner and head of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission), Dr. John Hope Franklin (chair of President Clinton's Advisory Board on Race), and 21 high school students from South Africa, the U.S., and Senegal. The students, as well as the two leaders, engaged in intense dialogue about race and reconciliation.

Topnotch materials are available to help people organize and lead dialogues after showing the video. The Viewers Guide, Community Dialogue Guide, and Teacher's Guide can be downloaded at the Peace Journeys website. Or have free copies mailed to you by calling Wisdom Works (202-234-0668).

Peace Journeys is utilizing the internet to build on the documentary by helping groups organize dialogues, connecting young people with organizations, and providing young people with mentoring, skills, and support.

National MultiCultural Institute's National Conference

NMCI's 16th Annual National Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from May 31 to June 3, 2001. Click here for more information on "Creating A National Agenda: Multicultural Partnerships for Change" or call NMCI at 202-483-0700.

Calendar of Study Circles Trainings

Interested in getting trained as a dialogue facilitator, or learning more about Study Circles? The Study Circles Resource Center has a great resource on its website. Click here to check out SCRC's calendar of trainings and presentations. They may be coming to your area soon!

Community Builder's Tool Kit Now Available

A fantastic 37-page 'Primer for Revitalizing Democracy from the Ground Up' is now available to download for free or order for $1.50 per copy. A project of the Institute for Democratic Renewal and the Project Change Anti-Racism Initiative, this tool kit contains 15 excellent tools for creating healthy, productive interracial/multicultural communities. Click on the icon of the primer for more info on how to order or download it.

Evaluate Your Dialogue Groups

How can you assess the effectiveness of intergroup dialogues in transforming people's attitudes and actions in your community? Walter G. Stephan, Ph.D., of New Mexico State University designed a survey, Evaluation of Dialogue Groups, as an aid to dialogue organizers and facilitators.

Newest Study Circles Publications

The Study Circles Resource Center's latest publications, Building Strong Neighborhoods for Families with Children and Protecting Communities, Serving the Public: Police and Residents Building Relationships to Work Together, are available by calling 860-928-3713 or clicking the Study Circles logo.

Book for White People in a Multiracial Society

A guide to self-discovery and understanding for white people who live and work in multiracial settings, Jeff Hitchcock's brand new book Unraveling the White Cocoon draws on the newly emergent multidisciplinary field of "white studies." Click here for more info about this book, which offers hope, support, guidance and practical suggestions for white people who want to help create a multiracial society.

Always Looking For More Resources

Thanks for stopping by! We update Dialogue to Action Initiative's Community on a regular basis, so we invite you to bookmark this page and return frequently. If you know of some news or a resource that should be mentioned here, or you have a site or project you'd like us to feature, please let us know about it by emailing us at .

Whites Discuss Race Relations

There is an elusive quality to white culture. We live it and we experience it, but when asked to describe white culture, most of us would draw a blank. Still, describing white culture is important if we intend to take it seriously. What are some its patterns, its limits, its norms, taboos, and collective guidelines?

Click here to examine an extensive 1995 report entitled When We Talk Among Ourselves: White-on-White Focus Groups Discuss Race Relations written by Jeff Hitchcock, director of the Center for the Study of White American Culture.

Integrating Dialogue With Action

My Master's thesis for the School for Int'l Training is now available online (on this website!) in a user-friendly, condensed format as part of my Dialogue to Action Initiative website and as a downloadable MS Word Document. I interviewed leaders of dialogue programs, examined materials in the related fields of conflict resolution, community building, and social change, and conducted an in-depth study of existing dialogue materials and resources. I found there to be nine broad strategies that are useful in organizing dialogues that have a greater capacity for inciting effective community action.

You can also get a feel for the entire Dialogue to Action Initiative project by visiting the Contents Page on the Initiative's website.

Would you like to get this info in your mailbox? Starting in May 2001 we will also begin providing this info via e-mail in html format (this means your e-mail software needs to be able to read html or receive it as an attachment). To request this service, send an e-mail to .
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?2001 Sandy Heierbacher