We, all of us, are in a period of significant societal transformation. Given that our world is profoundly interconnected, the actions we take, as individuals and as institutions, will have a lasting, profound effect on our collective experience. As you know, change is hard and conflict arises. We are asked and you may be wondering, “What can we do?”
In this moment that we find ourselves in, I find myself reflecting on other times in history where significant social change occurred. The civil rights movement of the 1960’s was one of these times. Communities mobilized for justice, catalyzed by feelings of sadness, anger, confusion and for some, optimism and hope. This period of uncertainty and change contributed to the birth of community mediation centers, via the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Department of Justice was referred to at that time as “America’s Peacemaker for Community Conflict,” and created the neighborhood justice centers, which are today’s community mediation centers, including the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County.
Supporting communities through change is our legacy. At this time, we are called, as individuals, as organizations, and as institutions, to bring our own unique gifts and skillsets to bear on the areas of struggle we face. We have a heightened opportunity before us to: grow in our awareness; integrate wisdom so that we may better walk our talk; and recommit to the values that drive us. We have what we need to create a future that does not leave anyone behind.
Transformation is a journey, not an event. Let’s walk this path together.
Jody M. Suhrbier,
2604 12th Court SW, Suite A-2
Olympia WA 98502
PO Box 6184
Olympia WA 98507
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