William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, Speaks at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event

William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, was a guest speaker at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event sponsored by FAU, FIU and NSU and the ICMA student chapters at FAU and FIU on March 1, 2018.

William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, discussed The Justice Project. For the past few years the Community Justice Division at the Urban League of Broward County formed a number of taskforce committees that have contributed to the awareness of issues that are growing in the black community. In 2014, the Increasing Community Engagement Amongst Black Males in Broward County Taskforce was assembled to plan the “Know Your Rights” event. In 2015, the Improving the Status of Black Males in Broward County Taskforce was formed to plan the “All Lives Matter” event. In 2016 the Urban League of Broward County’s Community Justice Division formed the Strengthening Positive Relations Between the Community and Law Enforcement Taskforce to plan “The Justice Project Operation: Trust” event. In light of the growing concerns over the lack of positive relations and trust between law enforcement and communities of color, The Justice Project Taskforce was founded in July 2016. Currently, the goal of The Justice Project is to strengthen relations and change the perception, attitudes and behavior amongst the community and law enforcement by creating opportunities for youth and police officers to engage in positive interactions via a seven-prong strategy: 1) Juvenile Diversion & Law Enforcement Engagement; 2) Community & Law Enforcement Restorative Justice/ Peace Circle Training 3) Restorative Justice Circles w/ Local Faith Based Organizations; 4) Women’s Tea Social: Sip & Share; 5) Community Forums, 6) Racial Equity Workshops (Dismantling Racism Institute); and 7) Annual Wide Event “Operation: Humanity.”