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NYSDRA Statement

Tuesday, June 9, 2020  
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NYSDRA Statement


We join our voices with all those who speak out against the ongoing racial injustice, violence and the structural inequities embedded in our society.  Protests and demonstrations on our streets are cries from the heart for justice.  Now is the time to join together, to oppose oppression and further division.


The New York State Dispute Resolution Association (NYSDRA) is committed to equitable access to justice, strengthening communities through peaceful dispute resolution, collaborative problem solving, and restorative justice practices. 


NYSDRA stands with those seeking peace and equity.  We take our place among the many working to heal the divisions in our communities.  Together we can and must use our abilities, skills and community relationships to address the racism that degrades our bonds to one another. 


At this time, where profound progress is not only possible but imperative, the Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) at the heart of NYSDRA are responding.  CDRCs are the key conflict resolution resource in every county in New York state.  Along with independent mediators, supporters, and the wider community of conflict resolvers, NYSDRA links individuals, communities, and organizations with CDRCs and other resources to resolve direct conflicts, provide facilitated discussion, restorative justice circles, and other means of helping individuals and communities address conflict, and together build a more just and equitable future.    


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