Did you try to influence coalition formation?

Silke Hansen

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But as a result of this incident, we helped create a community monitoring program in each of the schools. And we developed a tension assessment instrument and trained school staff in what to look for in schools to decide whether or not there were tensions brewing that might, in fact, result in violence. Plus we formed bi-racial parent councils. These were court-ordered. In Boston the schools really didn't do a whole lot, at this point, unless it was ordered by the court -- which made the court real popular!

Martin Walsh

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I suggested that they call themselves something, so they called themselves the Wellesley African-American Committee (WAAC). They dealt with a number of problems, not only with the police but a number of other issues like schools in Wellesley.

In that case, you were helping the community develop a state of readiness and really coaching and helping to strengthen them.

Helping them to address the issues.

Dick Salem

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Sometimes, if you’re dealing with coalitions, you’ve got many views within a coalition and they’re not going to tell you about that.

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