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“Ties that Bind” peace project at 9/11

Connect to the Groups Most Affected by Conflict and Create Communities of Trust

Following the tragedy of 9/11, we built real connections among female religious leaders and their Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, Latino Protestant, and Black Evangelical communities, along with corporate diversity groups, to create the award-winning Ties That Bind video documentary.

The case study involves a college student connecting with prison inmates through a writing program, each learning from the other. The young White, female teacher started to engage the primarily Black inmates with issues of the “You vs. Us” environment, labels and stereotypes, and common family situations.

Consider these questions as you explore the chapter...

  1. What factors might create a “You versus Us” environment in your social justice project, workplace, or school? What actions or steps might transform “You versus Us” into “We?”
  2. What separates you from a diverse group with which you want to connect? What common goals or experiences do you and that community share?
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