The 2nd Annual “National Day of Reconciliation” is here September 17, 2020!
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WHAT: The National Day of Reconciliation is a day of communication, learning, 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 is 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.
The 2nd Annual National Day of Reconciliation is taking place 9/17/20. During the first National Day of Reconciliation in 2019, more than 1,000 people gathered in a dozen locations to watch the film “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” and participate in mini-workshops to learn the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles.
Due to the pandemic, we are practicing social distancing this year with virtual events and in-person events that practice safe COVID-19 protocols. Our goal is for at least 1,000 people to have taken the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer pledge by the end of 9/17/20. The pledge can be taken by visiting the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer website homepage and clicking the PLEDGE button located right below the pledge at the top of the page. https://loveistheanswermovement.com/
Take the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer pledge:
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.
In addition, we are encouraging people to:
- Join our L.O.V.E. Is The Answer Live Streaming event 9/17/20 from 6 to 10 pm eastern time on Facebook or YouTube. Co-Hosted by A.J. Ali (Creator, L.O.V.E. Is The Answer) and Kevin Peck (VP of Marketing & Technology for the AFRO-American Newspapers). Speakers scheduled to participate include:
- Cedric Alexander, Public Safety Consultant, NOBLE Past President
- Nat Alston, Chair, National Association of African Americans in Human Resources
- Ameer Baraka, Dyslexic activist/ actor/ Racial Bias trainer
- Steve Fitzhugh, Author, Speaker, Former NFL Player
- Rochelle Ford, Dean & Professor, Public Relations, School of Communications at Elon University
- Joel Freeman, Co-Founder & Executive Director of BH365/Author & Publisher
- Louis Gossett Jr., Academy Award Winning Actor, and Founder of the Eracism Foundation
- Lauretta Hill, Chief of Police, Dallas College
- Dr. Helen Holton, Coach, Consultant, Professional Speaker, Author
- Becky Lantry, Community Activist
- Paul Lee, Executive Director, Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers
- Ruben Lindo, CEO, Phoenix Nutraceutical, and former NFL player
- De-Dee Loftin Davis, Diversity and Racial Equity Consultant
- Mark McIntyre, Principal and Co-Founder, Merchant McIntyre + Associates, LLC
- Melvin Russell, Police Chief (retired)
- Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, Author, Diversity Trainer
- Barbara Simmons, Director of Program Development & Advocacy, The Peace Center
- Lizette Ubides, LCSW-C, CEO, Responsive Recovery
- Xavier Warren, Candidate for Virginia Lieutenant Governor
- Matt Weintraub, District Attorney, Bucks County, PA
- Todd Wright, COO of Kokonola CBD
- AND MORE!
- Share L.O.V.E. stories online all day. Share that story about a positive experience with a peace officer or a community member. Good news inspires others and transforms communities!
- Learn about L.O.V.E. Is The Answer through our book and film. Click here to buy the book/film combo to own for $25, or click here to rent the film for 3 days for $9.99.
- Connect with others. Watch the film and discuss with friends and family via private video platform such as Zoom. Ask each other these questions:
- Describe how the film made you feel on a personal level?
- Share one thing you learned from the film.
- How can police use the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles to improve police-community relations?
- How can people other than police use the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles to improve police-community relations?
- For organizations like companies, ministries and nonprofits: What can our organization do to make a difference in our community using the L.O.V.E. Is The Answer principles?
- Moving forward, what will you personally commit to doing to put L.O.V.E. into action in your community?
WHEN: September 17, 2020
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 start because it was built on principles of systemic racism. We do not believe peace officers 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. 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.
CAN AN ORGANIZATION HOST A NATIONAL DAY OF RECONCILIATION EVENT?
YES! If your organization would like to host a virtual or in-person event, simply license our reconciliation film, “WALKING WHILE BLACK: L.O.V.E. Is The Answer” and we will walk you through how to host virtual or properly social distanced and safe in-person screenings 9/17 or any day.
A LITTLE L.O.V.E. HISTORY
For the past three years since our award-winning film came out, and since our work began in 2012, we’ve been building a solid foundation of trust with police and community groups. L.O.V.E. works! We are seeing minds change and hearts transform all over the country. So far, more than 40,000 people have seen the film and tens of thousands of them have participated in our guided healing discussions in more than 30 states.
Here are a few links to past L.O.V.E. Is The Answer media and screening events:
- The film’s Director, A.J. Ali, on ABC News.
- A screening event with High School students and peace officers by the Bucks County, PA District Attorney.
- L.O.V.E. Is The Answer media page for many more stories.
The L.O.V.E. Is The Answer mission is reconciliation throughout our nation and world. The National Day of Reconciliation is focused primarily 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.
If you have any questions about L.O.V.E. Is The Answer or the National Day of Reconciliation email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 323-577-5976. Participate in the day, and the year-round movement. Let’s do the work together.