What is

Bridging the Difference?

Charlotte is a city of over 850,000 diverse residents with varying viewpoints. Bridging the Difference aims to bring our community together for conversations about policing, public safety, community impact and a wide range of other topics. These community conversations will be taking place all across Charlotte, and your perspective is critical to bridging gaps and creating mutual understanding.

Goals

1

Involve

Involve the community inclusive of all perspectives to engage and understand wants/actions.
2

Understand

Increase understanding and trust through a series of conversations about police and community relations and public safety.
3

Mitigate

Mitigate potential challenges/issues in advance of the RNC and other major events with effective community outreach and interaction.

Upcoming Events

Police and Community Relations – Access and Opportunity

When: Thursday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m.

Vendor row opens: 5 p.m.

Location: Dale F. Halton Theater at 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte, NC  28204

Special guests include: 

Moving poetry spearheaded by Slam Master and Coach of the national champions, Slam Charlotte — Boris “Bluz” Rogers!

A dynamic panel including Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Counts-Scoggins and “Money Rock” Belton Platt.

CMPD Assistant Chief Vicki Foster is going to share more information about opportunities for youth.

We will also feature — ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY VENDOR ROW! We are bridging access and opportunity during this event to provide attendees with more information about key services, jobs and more!

Vendors include:

  • Charlotte Works
  • Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
  • Project P.I.E.C.E. workforce development program
  • City of Charlotte Youth Programs Job Development
  • City of Charlotte Human Resources
  • Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
  • CPCC Enrollment Information
  • Charlotte Area Fund
  • Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Services
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
  • Charlotte Fire Department

PLEASE NOTE: VENDOR ROW OPENS AT 5 P.M. 

Opioid Epidemic and Debunking Myths

When: Thursday, March 21, 7-9 p.m.
Location: TBD

The Bridging the Difference community engagement series will tackle a tough subject in our community — opioids.

What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and pain relievers available legally by prescription such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine and many others.

There is so much misinformation and misunderstanding out there —- stigmas and stereotypes. This is a real issue in our community, and Bridging the Difference is tackling this in March.

Join us for an evening of education and understanding as we continue Bridging the Difference.

Get involved in Bridging the Difference by volunteering (sign-up form below), sponsoring or creating an event. Email BridgingtheDifference@cmpd.org for more information. 

Desired Outcomes

Shift

See a shift in accountability/support spectrum results from before/after meetings to demonstrate progress in thinking, conversation and understanding

Challenge

Challenge attendees to have ongoing conversations and engagement about these important issues

Solicit

Solicit volunteers for large city events – target the need for city ambassadors

Encourage

Encourage questions beyond this event to be directed to BridgingTheDifference@cmpd.org.

Create

Create a movement with #BridgeCLT, and shift attention to conversation, not confrontation

Resources

Take the implicit bias test

Take the Test

Book – “The Person You Mean to Be”

Buy the Book

Become a Volunteer

Please pledge your commitment to be a Charlotte Ambassador (community volunteer).

We are looking for people who want to:

  • Be a part of impactful conversations
  • Share information with others
  • Welcome outsiders into our community
  • Assist local law enforcement to keep our city safe by providing additional eyes and ears in the community