Conditions in the United States over the past few years have been alarming. It is abundantly clear that the need for community cohesion is great.
Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB), Political Incident Reporting (PIRUSA), and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) teamed up in 2020 to identify, prevent and mitigate violence stimulated by underlying social issues. 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 events to identify or verify accounts of violence, potential violence or peace.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Christine can also be reached at (540) 294-0732.
Thank you for assisting our efforts to help Virginians be heard …without violence.
Guides for Safety and De-Escalation at Rallies and Other Gatherings
Deescalation and Violence Prevention Safety Tips (Mediators Beyond Borders International)
Changing the Way We Talk about Critical Issues (PowerPoint presentation from VA Trust Member's Jennifer Orenic