The Inaugural “National Day of Reconciliation” is Coming September 17, 2019.
WHAT: The National Day of Reconciliation is a day of communication and healing between police and people of color in the United States. This nationwide event will serve as a massive reset button to improve relations between police and people of color. This historic day will be patterned after the “Day of Reconciliation” in South Africa, a public holiday which came into effect in 1994 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering reconciliation and national unity for that country.
WHO: The inaugural National Day of Reconciliation will be thousands of students, peace officers and other community members watching the healing film “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer,” and having healing discussions on the same day and at the same time.
WHEN: September 17, 2019 at 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern (a 3-hour event)
WHERE: Our goal is for events to take place simultaneously throughout all 50 states and Washington D.C. at law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, middle schools, high schools, colleges, ministries, community centers, theaters, libraries and other locations.
WHY: Here at L.O.V.E. Is The Answer, we believe that the relationship between police and people of color in America has been damaged from the beginning by police being saddled with enforcing the cruel enslavement, criminalization and marginalization of Black people, the land grab from Native Americans and the immigration inequities of Brown people. We do not believe police are inherently bad. In fact, we believe that policing is a noble profession, most peace officers are good people, and that police play a vital role in society. It is the misuse of policing powers by certain institutions and individuals that we are against. If you believe that police are needed and if you believe that Black and Brown people’s lives matter, join us to build stronger relationships between police and people of color so that love can stand strong against those who hate and wish to divide.
HOW: YOU! You can help by promoting, sponsoring, hosting or attending an event in your community and by helping us get the word out to local and national media.
WHAT DOES AN ORGANIZATION HAVE TO DO TO HOST A NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION EVENT?
Simply license our reconciliation film, “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer.” We are offering special incentives to the first 500 groups that sign up to participate in this special day:
- For Law Enforcement Agencies: We are offering a 2-year license for the price of a 1-year license. We are also donating a license to a middle school or high school in the name of the police department when they license the film to train their officers.
- For Schools: We are offering the chance to obtain a half-price or free license when people contribute to our crowd funding campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/national-day-of-reconciliation. Schools can also get a 2-year license for the price of a 1-year license.
- For Nonprofits and Ministries: We have created a “Good Faith Licensing Agreement,” enabling them to pay whatever they can for a license. We will accept any amount (the value of a 1-year license to our film is $495).
WHAT WILL THE NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION INCLUDE?
- A nationally-synced screening of our healing, educational film “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” will take place at the same time in theaters, ministries, schools and other locations throughout the U.S. at 3 pm Pacific and 6 pm Eastern. We are encouraging organizations to schedule this as an after-school event for students, faculty, staff, parents, police and other community members (during school in Hawaii). We provide an easy-to-follow template for planning, promoting and executing the event.
- Immediately following the film screenings, there will be a brief panel talk that will be streamed into all of the venues via Facebook Live, followed by local discussions about reconciliation and 3 ways the audience can put the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles into action in their community:
- Police and community members (high school age and above) build and maintain a L.O.V.E. Is The Answer children’s educational garden together http://loveistheanswermovement.com/lovegarden/ to teach middle and elementary school children about gardening and life. Deep-rooted, fruitful relationships will result from the gardens.
- Adults form mentoring circles around young people and formerly incarcerated people to act as their personal advisory board for personal and professional growth.
- Adults give of their time, talents and treasures to support police-sponsored youth development nonprofits such as local chapters of nationally known groups like Police Athletic/Activities Leagues (https://www.nationalpal.org/ <https://www.nationalpal.org/>) and localized efforts like Project Pneuma (https://www.projectpneuma.org/ <https://www.projectpneuma.org/>).
- In closing, participants will be asked to take the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Pledge and live it out in their community. The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Pledge goes as follows: I pledge to LEARN about the people in my community, to unconditionally OPEN my heart to their needs as if they were all immediate family members, to VOLUNTEER to be part of the solution in their life during both good and challenging times, and to EMPOWER everyone I meet to do the same as if our lives depended on each other.
For the past two years since our film came out, we’ve been building a solid foundation of trust with police and community groups. L.O.V.E. works! It works so well that we’ve just been invited back to lead three separate sessions at the National Youth At Risk Conference in Savannah, GA in March 2020 after a standing-room-only presentation in 2019. We are seeing minds change and hearts transform all over the country. So far, more than 27,000 people have seen the film and participated in our guided healing discussions in more than 20 states.
Here are a few links to past L.O.V.E. Is The Answer media and screening events:
- A TV segment the NFL Network did on our film when it was shown at Temple University’s law school. Let’s Listen together: Torrey Smith | NFL Network
- Story about the powerful impact of screening, Q&A and workshop events at two Bridgeport, CT high schools May 31, 2018: Taking ‘L.O.V.E. Is The Answer’ to School Results in Amazing ‘Ohana’ Experience
- Article in Sojourners faith-based magazine: After Police Harassment, Filmmaker’s New Documentary Calls For LOVE
- Story about our workshop for the Forsyth County Sheriffs Department 4/8/19 in Winston Salem at Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Hosts L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Workshop To Improve Police-Community Relations
- Our film website media page: Walking While Black the Movie Media
The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer mission is reconciliation throughout our nation and world. The National Day of Reconciliation is focused on reconciliation between police and people of color in the U.S., but that’s just the beginning. The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles are universal and will be used to improve a wide variety of social ills worldwide. You can see some of the groups we’ve already partnered with on the homepage of our website.
Let’s talk about your involvement in the National Day of Reconciliation at your earliest convenience. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-577-5976 to get involved.