Since March of 2001, The Dialogue Project has been actively engaged in creating authentic social transformation through sustainable monthly Dialogue Circles. The population served through programs is approximately 40% Arab and non-Arab Muslims (immigrants and citizens), 20% people of color and other immigrant communities, and 40% long-term residents and citizens, both white and of color.
The Dialogue Project originated as a response to the noticeable estrangement that had manifested between neighbors and co-workers in Brooklyn after the violence of the Second Intifada erupted in the Middle East amongst Palestinians and Israelis. A downtown Brooklyn teaching hospital with many Muslim, Jewish and Arab students and staff reported outbursts aimed at “damned Arabs.” A teacher in a Cobble Hill school reported that the Israeli flag had been torn off an exhibit he had prepared for International Day. Everywhere people were speaking with suspicion about “them” and the “other.”
In answer, Ms Kannry, collaborating with other community and faith leaders, convened a first public Dialogue in March 2001, drawing over 150 Muslim and Christian Arabs, American Jews, Non-Arab Muslims, Palestinians, Israelis and others. “Dialogue” filled a need in the community to understand personal reactions to world events, and offered a way to address deepening tensions and fears that were being felt close to home.
You can learn about our ongoing activities and the hundreds of people who are engaged in active listening and dialogue throughout this website.