A few well placed words
I am beside myself with how well a couple of minutes researching, a few phone calls, and just a couple of people willing to get up and take a bit of action could make a difference! In a quest to make the world a better place by educating and communicating to the community, elected officials, and law enforcement I searched for town hall meetings taking place. It is a lot less work to attend an existing meeting than to create and host such an event. Quickly I discovered one involving the local police. The meeting was happening in 24 hours I called the movers and shakers in my group and the communication began.
The next day 4 of us wearing ribbons and smiles walked into a room full of strangers. This was a planned, advertised event with press release and everything. Several facilitators and 2 local police. We were informed that this was a closed meeting and that there was to be no press or cameras. “What happens in the meeting stays in the meeting” I am keeping the details anonymous for this reason. The discussion began with some icebreakers and finding similarities among members. We then broke into groups and we had 2 members in each. This meeting was intended to give attendees an action item to try and connect the community with law enforcement and was held with a pretty tight reign. It was clear that we were not going to be able to take over the conversation overtly.
With a friendly disposition and well placed words, we were able to make our advocacy known and the problems law enforcement and elected officials acknowledged by both the officers and the facilitators. One participant brought up her experience with the local court as a travesty and the corruption was discussed again. By the time the meeting was finished several people including the sponsors of the event asked for our The Human Solution’s information and when were we going to be hosting another “Town hall meeting” and in fact I received a request for more information this morning to that regard. As a grass roots movement we need to seek alliances wherever we can and if we can establish a personal connection with just 1 police officer or elected official, it can prove valuable in future endeavors. I am sure that even though we did not change an ordinance or law with this action, we did ring the bell and the butterfly effect is in motion. Our goal of these town hall discussions and open dialogue with elected officials and law enforcement is more a reality than yesterday.
The best part of this is none of us burned up or turned into toads.