On June 9, more than 1,300 educational institutions throughout Colombia commemorated the first anniversary of the delivery of the Final Report of the Truth Commission. In the company of civil society organizations and education secretariats, the schools organized to live a special day with their educational communities, opening a path of dialogue and reflection on the value of truth in coexistence and the history of the Colombian armed conflict.
The enslaved persons sold to all parts of the world, the crimes of “modern slavery”, and today’s widespread exploitation of human labor, call peace educators everywhere to reflect on this pledge from the Grassroots Reparations Campaign and apply it to educating for justice for the abused and exploited in all our respective countries and communities.
Youth Speak Truth brought together the narratives of people who have lost a loved one to what they see as racialized violence. The event was organized by the Truth Telling Project and Michael Brown’s family foundation, Chosen for Change. It opened a four-day weekend designed to celebrate Brown’s life. Aug. 9 will mark two years since the 18-year-old was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
Dr. David Ragland is co-founder of the Truth Telling Project, an initiative based in Ferguson, Missouri that aims to transform structural violence and racism through the adaptation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) model. While most models of the TRC happen after the violence has ended, the question posed by the creators of the Truth Telling Project was how they could initiate such a process when the violence has not yet stopped. Hence, an emphasis on making space for telling and hearing truth as a means for re-affirming human dignity. Learn more in this Peace Paradigm Radio podcast produced by the Metta Center for Nonviolence.