For assistance I asked for editing from two of New Horizons most devoted supporters, Blair Thomas, our new Logistics Coordinator who is a former newspaper editor, and Mike Corrigan, dear friend and investigative reporter extraordinaire. Blair rearranged a bit for which I thank him much. Then Mike made it gorgeous!
Here's how it turned out. I hope our combined efforts inspire you to want to join us by participating in this beautifully evolving Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations project in Frederick County, Maryland. You are welcome wherever you live.
New Horizons Conversations on Race Relations To Challenge Stereotyping
With the first New Horizons Coffee House Conversation On Race Relations—held January 31 at Dublin Roasters Coffee—bringing a “can do” message to the fore, New Horizons Support Network Executive Director Anastasia Rosen-Jones and the New Horizons volunteer team are ramping up their efforts for the next level of engagement: guiding participants to move beyond stereotyping. According to Rosen-Jones, participants who successfully handled small group discussions on race, police and general community relations at the first “conversation,” should have no trouble delving further into any one of these themes at the second meeting.
“Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations II,” Rosen-Jones states, “will take participants more deeply into community issues on race relations; specifically the cost of stereotyping and how it creates a wedge in ordinary, day-to-day life in Frederick County.”
Describing the coming event, Rosen-Jones added, “Brief studies of Frederick County attitudes and actions that New Horizons has been conducting—first in 2009 and more indepth since 2012—tell us that Frederick County residents love and respect this community with exceptional intensity. One of our attendees at our first Coffee House Conversation stated that a main insight she took from the experience was an enhanced recognition that ‘Frederick must be exceptional! It matters that much.’”
The second Coffee House Conversation On Race Relations will be introduced and moderated by Rosen-Jones and feature a panel representing minority groups in Frederick. New Horizons’ Coffee House Conversations Format, specially designed for the issue of Frederick County race relations, will then take center stage and remain there throughout topic discussion. This will be followed by comments from the group at-large, and, lastly, plans for community follow-up involvement.
This second-in-a-series of five Coffee House Conversations On Race Relations will be held at Dublin Roasters Coffee, 1780 N. Market Street, Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
New Horizons Support Network, Inc. is a non-profit organization that offers programs designed to teach community development and violence-prevention skills and strategies through the conversations model of its “Small Zones of Peace” Project initiative. New Horizons hopes that its initiation of the Coffee House Conversations on Race Relations project will lead to the creation of a community-wide coalition along similar lines with other groups and organizations. Information about the project can be found at: zonesofpeacenh.blogspot.com. Also, tune in to New Horizons’ “Possible Society in Motion” radio show: www.blogtalkradio.com/smallzonesofpeace. Ms. Rosen-Jones can be reached at: 240.409.5347 or firstname.lastname@example.org