New Interactive Map Supporting U.S. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2022

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New Resource Gives New Perspective on Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Movement

A new map released by the Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) at Princeton University provides a dynamic visualization of the Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) movement, a comprehensive strategy to effect transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

The resource, based on data drawn from multiple partners and an array of sources, plots three categories of information: organizations that are members of the TRHT movement; Transitional Justice initiatives undertaken by state and local governments, launched after the murder of George Floyd; and congressional districts of US Representatives who have signed on in support of H.Con.Res.19 and H.R.40 in the 117th Congress, which would create a US Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation and a commission to study reparations for African Americans respectively.

“The TRHT movement is taking proven lessons learned in rebuilding communities after violent conflict and applying them right here in the US,” said Shannon Hillier, Executive Director of BDI. “These are efforts being done to address the impacts of racism on a deep, structural level. And they’re designed to build healthy, thriving communities. We’re thrilled to be able to provide a dynamic, collaborative tool to look at how  this work is being done in our country. Much as this type of meaningful dialogue and movement is growing, we will continue to update this resource as more organizations and communities sign on to this essential work”

BDI’s map is being unveiled today in conjunction with the National Day of Racial Healing, an annual observance hosted by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and to build on the work of TRHT community partners. The map is created based on data and other information collected by partners including the US Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Movement; the Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation; Think Peace Learning and Support Hub; and the Center for International Law and Policy at New England Law School. 

“The Bridging Divides Initiative was created to help communities defend against the threat of political violence, and the kind of work being done by the TRHT movement is critical to that work,” said Hiller. “We hope our work can be a resource for individuals, organizations and governments looking to better understand how they fit in with the larger movement and to find ways to collaborate across geographic divides.”

If you’re interested in speaking to Shannon Hiller about BDI’s work tracking the THRT movement or other community responses to the threat of political violence, contact BDI@westendstrategy.com.