On Wednesday October 25, 2017 the ILM Foundation arranged for its Safe Communities Initiative Network (SCIN) to meet with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD,) regarding the current and future state of community policing and accountability in South Los Angeles. Partnering with the Institute of Non Violence Los Angeles through “Days of Dialogue,” which is a moderated dialogue, so its participants can “go beyond any one individual’s understanding.” A courtyard full of Community Leaders engaged in a tenacious dialogue about police practices and community accountability in South Los Angeles.
In this process, we decided to focus training around Community Accountability, by preparing community members to reflect on personal encounters with law enforcement and then match these experiences with solutions to form a powerful narrative. We held 3 workshops and trained over 20 leaders that consisted of Imams, and South LA grassroot-leadership; aligning one another with a purpose to share a social responsibility, for LA. The South Los Angeles Muslim community shares the same historic African American narrative with its African American Christian community, a resilient bond around the civil rights and black movements ~ a struggle to bring about good.
We were able to…
- Create a grassroots coalition, to focus on social justice for South Los Angeles
- Own powerful story-telling, as it relates to historic African American experiences
- Engage LAPD, to open talks for a professional understanding
- Meet with South LA’s four divisions and key LAPD mgmt and commission
- Deliver a letter of intention, that created next steps for Safe Communities Initiative
ILM Foundation’s co-founders says, “This display of leadership surrounding issues that impact our lives on daily basis is essential for mutual understanding that will hopefully lead to progress. May Allah accept the intentions and efforts of all those organizations who were involved, all the participants and supporters. Save A Life Save Humanity.”
ILM Foundation’s mission is to teach life skills to economically underprivileged youth and adults so that social ills are replaced with opportunities for intellectual and economic empowerment.”