A broad network/platform designed to prevent violent conflict before, during and after the U.S. 2020 elections.
As the events of January 6th reveal, we are witnessing a test of our nation's resiliency and a challenge to America's history of peaceful democratic transitions. It was in anticipation of these challenges and the ones to come, that Mediators Beyond Borders International, in partnership with 25+ organizations and networks, stood up an early warning platform in October 2020. This TRUST Network was hard at work yesterday monitoring and posting information ahead of all the news teams, and sharing the relevant reports with peacebuilders in Washington DC and around the country. Members of the Network have been collaborating, convening, and sharing resources as we mobilize to provide support and leadership as peacebuilders.
In order to identify and de-escalate threats or instances of violence before, during and after the U.S. elections, we built a first-of-a-kind Early Warning Early Response mechanism developed specifically for the United States.
Having identified the need for an Early Warning Early Response (EWER) platform in the run-up to the 2020 elections, we are very quickly moving toward building a NATIONAL COHESION & PEACEBUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE. The aim is to Diminish Divides, Create Community Cohesion and Promote Peacebuilding to protect and strengthen American democracy. This infrastructure will have the capacity to address current and historical issues and to apply the power of a wide range of democracy, governance, and peacebuilding tools, including relationship building between communities and police, in order to let the public generate and self-determined solutions to long-standing problems. We believe this was, and remains, the intent of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (Section 10).
BUILDING BACK BETTER: NATIONAL COHESION & PEACEBUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE
Shared Civic Life * Shared Values of Liberty * Shared Interest for Justice to Thrive
Diminish Divides * Create Community Cohesion * Promote Peacebuilding
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is serving as a convener and organizational host. Election Incident Reporting (EIRUSA) and the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) are serving as co-conveners and key process facilitators.
We are clear that:
- Violence mitigation and problem-solving are robust only when local organizations are involved.
- Data-gathering and inter-network communication are useful only when networks of trustworthy people are in place.
- Effective intervention is made possible by getting the right information, at the right time, to the right people, for the right response. This requires thoughtfully-constructed protocols that are both functional and flexible.