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Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program.

Multidisciplinary Regional Training

Working together, Partners Against Hate and CommUNITY 2000 (a HUD-funded initiative to develop and implement local programs to prevent and respond to housing related-hate activity and community tensions), in conjunction with the North Carolina Human Relations Commission, presented a two-day regional summit on hate violence/community tensions prevention and response. The summit was held in Raleigh, NC on December 6-7, 2001.

A training report prepared after the summit details the action steps that were developed there. Read the Training Report from the summit.

Mrs. Sherialyn Byrdsong speaking Mrs. Sherialyn Byrdsong was the keynote speaker for the summit. She is the wife of Ricky Byrdsong, the Northwestern University basketball coach who was murdered by Benjamin Smith, an individual deeply influenced by the virulently racist and anti-Semitic World Church of the Creator, on July 2, 1999. Mrs. Byrdsong has established The Ricky Byrdsong Foundation, whose mission is to arrest the epidemic of hate and violence in our society by and against our youth.

The training summit brought together approximately 100 law enforcement personnel, community leaders, educators, youth service professionals, and others with relevant expertise from around the North Carolina Triangle/Triad region.

To motivate and inform participants, representatives from Partners Against Hate and local experts made presentations on the following topics:

  1. current applicable federal and state law, and the Constitutional framework;
  2. police response and investigation;
  3. impact on victims and communities;
  4. bias, harassment, and violence in schools and colleges; and
  5. hate violence prevention and response approaches.

To forge consensus and generate action steps, issue-specific working groups met following the plenary sessions, with each group assigned a particular topic and the task of answering questions tailored to that topic. An expert in the issue addressed by the group facilitated each working group.

McDevitt speaking Following the convening of the working groups, the groups reported back to the larger group in a plenary session. The purpose of this plenary session was to achieve consensus on effective approaches to prevent and respond to hate violence/community tensions, generating action recommendations for participants to take back to their communities, as well as creating a powerful regional network of colleagues interested in this issue. These action steps will identify roles and responsibilities for a coordinated, community-wide response by the sectors listed above.

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