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The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is the Federal government's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. CRS was created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and is the only Federal component dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, conflicts, and civil disorders, with the intent of restoring racial stability and harmony.
For 40 years, CRS has been asked to provide its experienced mediators to help local communities settle destructive conflicts and disturbances relating to race, color, or national origin. Each year CRS' highly skilled conciliators bring hundreds of community-wide conflicts to peaceful closure in every State, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories.
CRS lends its services when requested or accepted by the parties. The Service uses impartial mediation practices and conflict resolution procedures to help local leaders resolve problems and restore stability. CRS has no law enforcement authority and does not impose solutions, investigate, prosecute, or assign blame and fault. All CRS mediators are required by law to conduct their activities in confidence, without publicity, and are prohibited from disclosing confidential information.
CRS conciliators work with State and local officials and community leaders to provide a wide variety of services to address racial issues and prevent violence. CRS' services include:
Contributing expertise and guidance on methods and policies that calm racial tensions and conflicts.
Enhancing strategies of State and local governments and community groups to prevent and respond to civil disorders.
Improving lines of communication between parties experiencing racial tension or conflict, including Federal, State, and local officials, community leaders and residents.
Helping schools and universities effectively deal with incidents of racial tensions or violence.
Planning for Safe Marches and Demonstrations
Planning for a safe march or demonstration can be a daunting process and should begin as early as possible. The Community Relations Service (CRS) has more than 40 years of experience in helping individuals and groups with special events. CRS can facilitate meetings with law enforcement, city officials, and demonstration organizers to ensure information is shared and plans are in place for a safe march or demonstration. These meetings may review requirements such as permits, routes, demonstration marshals, equipment, water, toilet facilities, medical assistance, counter demonstrators, and contingency planning. The following guidelines can help plan your march or demonstration.
On Wednesday, Judicial Watched announced that the Department of Justice had turned over documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request showing that the Community Relations Service (CRS), a small division of the DOJ, was sent to Sanford, Florida after the Trayvon Martin shooting to help manage rallies and protests. The documents show that from March 25 through April 12, 2012, the CRS spent thousands of dollars helping organize and “work” marches and demonstrations regarding Trayvon Martin.
Working “marches, demonstrations, and rallies related to the shooting and death of an African-American teen by a neighborhood watch captain”;
Providing “support for protest deployment in Florida”;
Providing “technical assistance to the City of Sanford, event organizers, and law enforcement agencies for the march and rally on March 31”;
Providing “technical assistance, conciliation, and onsite mediation during demonstrations planned in Sanford.”
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