Conditions in the United States over the past two years have been alarming. It is abundantly clear that the need for community cohesion is great.
Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB), Election Incident Reporting (EIRUSA), and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) teamed up to identify, prevent and mitigate violence stimulated by underlying social issues – before the 2020 elections, during the vote and in the aftermath, and as unity is rebuilt. This effort is called the Trust Network https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/trust/. The Trust Network includes local, state, national and international conflict-management organizations with decades of combined experience.
The Trust Network reached out to community mediation centers across the U.S. (Resolution Virginia in Virginia) to help with this effort. Resolution Virginia responded by inviting peacebuilders across the state to become part of what is now called the VA Trust Network.
The following people make up the VA Trust Network:
Trustworthy people willing to monitor local social or regular media and verify accounts of potentially violent situations;
Community leaders who have the ear of other community leaders and can help connect the Network;
Facilitators who can lead meetings to discuss how to prevent or respond to violence or how to move forward after violence; and
Peacebuilders and/or de-escalators willing to be on-call to assist when needed.
The VA Trust Network is divided into regional networks to facilitate network training, cohesion and responsiveness.
If you are interested in playing one of the above roles or can assist in another way, please sign up at the following website https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/trust/join-us/ AND send your contact information to Virginia’s Trust Network Coordinator, Christine Poulson at email@example.com. Christine can also be reached at (540) 294-0732.
Thank you for assisting our efforts to help Virginians be heard …without violence.