Walking the Beat is a creative writing, theater, and multi-media workshop for students grades 9-12 and local police officers, designed to establish a groundwork for conversation and create real, achievable actions for specific communities across the country.
This summer, at the height of Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality, structural racism, and white supremacy, 13 students and 7 local police officers from Elizabeth, NJ, participated in the program, committing to listen, not to listen to agree. Due to COVID-19, this summer’s workshop took place on Zoom through a virtual social justice experience.
Join us for this special premiere screening of Walking the Beat 2020: An Emergency Convening, which uses theater, film, and spoken word to share some of our meaningful takeaways from this past summer.
We Committed to Listening to UNDERSTAND, not Listening to Agree
A message from our playwright
What is conflict? Uncomfortable. Scary. What else? It's also: 100% natural.
Conflict is an opportunity. We are, as a nation, experiencing a conflict between our ideals and living up to them. Shortening the bridge between who we are and who we want to be.
Everyone in the United States is a first responder now. In this emergency situation, we are all required to step into the arena, hold ourselves to task to speak truth, justice, and love.
It is an arduous process to unlearn what we've been taught and to awaken to a reality others have been begging for us to understand. We need to start by asking unanswerable questions. The first of which might be: where do we go from here? We feel stuck. We will be required to push each other into forward movement.
It is a long journey and no one can walk it alone. What we do know is: there is no going back.