Helping our federal "peacemaker" use creative strategies to prevent community conflict
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS), also known as the Department’s “peacemaker,” is tasked with addressing community conflicts and tensions that arise from differences of race, color, and national origin. Recognizing the need for more creative approaches to meeting their goals, they approached Active Voice in 2012 to strategize ways they could use film as a tool. We subsequently led a series of workshops among national and regional staff, in order to increase the capacity of CRS agents to use film in their community-building work. Since then, we’ve sparked new interest in film-based strategies among DOJ staff, and continue to explore opportunities for collaboration on a range of Active Voice campaigns.