My first year and a half at EJUSA has been incredibly rewarding. I’m so grateful to be part of a team of such caring people who fight so hard and so courageously to advance justice in our nation.
And I’m so grateful to you, our true partners in justice, who fight right alongside us and make everything we do possible. I marvel at how many of you have been with us for years, even decades!
I’m grateful as well for the community of Newark, New Jersey, where we have just completed year one of a two-year project to train 250 police and community members in trauma-informed responses to violence.
It is so moving to watch connections form and understanding grow as participants move through the training. Trauma is the entry point for discussion – a way to engage on topics such as structural racism and its connection to slavery, lynchings, and other historical traumas. It allows police to share how trauma is a part of their work and to think about how trauma impacts police and community relations.
I’ve heard from so many people that we have to do more of this work – that it’s vitally needed, both as a way to increase healing and understanding and also as a way to change systems and practices for the better.
And Don’t forget to read more about our impact together in EJUSA’s 2016 Impact Report.
Thank you for standing with us for justice and healing.