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VOMA Conference and Documentary Event Coming Up June 12

The Victim-Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) will be showcasing an important documentary on Tuesday evening, June 12 in Miami, Florida. This event is in coordination with the AACJP/VOMA Conference (June 9-15), and is also open to the general public. Nathan Southern from the All Movie Guide summarized the movie this way:

Adam Zucker’s documentary Greensboro: Closer to the Truth revisits the ugly, harrowing sequence of events that transpired in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 3, 1979. As the Communist Workers Party gathered to protest the existence of the KKK (nonviolently), several carloads of Klan members rolled in, brandishing shotguns and automatic weapons, and firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Many were wounded, five murdered. The press dubbed it ‘The Greensboro Massacre.’ In Closer, Zucker visits survivors of the tragedy on both sides to observe the courses taken by their individual lives between 1979 and 2004. The filmmaker also documents the convergence of the first ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission,’ a group formed to unearth the details surrounding this tragedy. Its ultimate goal: to foster reconciliation and harmony between the two sides by bringing the participants face to face with the reality of their pasts.

For more information on the film, please visit www.greensborothemovie.com/AboutFilm.html. For more information on VOMA’s conference, visit www.advocateprogram.com/aacjp/index.htm. All those who attend the film screening will be asked to make a donation to VOMA.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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