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Days of Dialogue on the Future of Policing

2015 - 2018

Discussion Guide


Police-Community Relations in the Aftermath of Michael Brown and Ezell Ford

Fall 2014

Discussion Guide


Effectively Understanding Cultural Relations

Fall 2013

Discussion Guide


Gun Violence Prevention:
A Leadership Training Dialogue

January 2013

Discussion Guide
Facilitator's Guide

Preventing Child
Sexual Abuse

December 2012

Creating a Better Future

June 2012

Civil Unrest

April 2012

Economic Crisis
and Community Health

February 2012
Visit the Calendar of Events page for upcoming dialogues.

Prior Dialogues
Days of Dialogue conducts an annual Leadership Dialogue on or near the Martin Luther King holiday. The 2007 dialogue, held in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Empowerment Congress, was a gathering of some 200 faith community leaders to discuss youth gang violence. The 2006 dialogue explored perceptions about the danger mentally ill people may or may not pose to themselves or others. The 2005 Leadership Dialogue brought together more than 100 civic leaders to discuss the problem of homelessness in Los Angeles. The focus of the 2004 Leadership Dialogue was on public safety and civil liberties aspects of counter-terrorism.

On February 26, 2005, we responded to the police shooting of 13-year old car theft suspect Devin Brown by conducting a Day of Dialogue at more than 20 locations across the city.

In June 2004, a nationally televised police beating of a car theft suspect prompted a Day of Dialogue where some 700 participants at 24 locations throughout Los Angeles and neighboring communities shared views on the need for further police reform.

Nine days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we organized a dialogue at a Los Angeles mosque. Some 50 Muslims and more than 100 non-Muslims engaged in respectful, unifying dialogue. This was the first of twenty-eight .coming together. dialogues.

Additional dialogues conducted since January 2005 include:
  • The Power of People: Educate, Engage, Empower, January 20, 2007
  • Employment Opportunities for Mental Health Consumers: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes, October 27, 2006
  • Immigration, Race, & Jobs: Valid Justification for Intercultural Conflict?, October 6, 2006
  • Constructive Responses to 9/11: Confronting our Fears, Working Together, Moving Ahead, September 11, 2006
  • Confronting Violent Crimes: Our Communities. Continuing Challenge, August 24, 2006
  • Schools, Communities, and Student Safety: Viewpoints from Santee High, May 4, 2006
  • Seeking Appropriate Responses to Predatory Practices in the Sub-Prime Lending Market, April 12, 2006
  • Is Our Community Healthy? Energizing and Mobilizing Around Prevention, Access, & Education, October 1, 2005
  • Violence on Western Avenue: Enough is Enough, August 12, 2005
  • Violence in Our Schools: A Dialogue among Principals, January 14, 2005

Other topics of dialogues have included:

Racism and Race Relations. Violence Prevention.
Building strong neighborhoods. Police-community relations.
Roles of museums in our communities. Discrimination in housing.
Looking back on the civil disturbances. Youth and gang intervention.
Violence against women.
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