Reaching out to build trust – Hasani

After taking the initiative to bring together the police and members of his community, Hasani* realized the power of every individual to effect change.

“I recall back in summer of 2016, there was a lot of shootings happening. African Americans being killed and shootings of police officers happening, and I was deeply moved and saddened by the violence. At some point, I think it was my oldest daughter asked me, ‘What are you going to do about it?’ And I felt, you know, I felt kind of the weight of that question, like, I can't just not do anything. That led me to write three letters to three different police chiefs in my area.

“They agreed that we would pilot a program where we bring together three police officers from each police department along with six African American citizens. I think what was really powerful about it is both groups really understood the perspective from the other side. They had new understanding that they maybe would have never gotten out of those conversations. Both groups felt like they'd learned a much greater perspective from the other side, and would be now, change agents within their own kind of groups.

“I think that everyone has the power to make change. No matter what your level, what your experience, what your position, it first starts with saying, ‘I’m going to do something,’ so, you know, once you decide you're going to do something, then you kind of say, ‘Well, what do I have to bring? What do I have as a skill? What is my passion? What is my experience?’ And then actually take action and do something about it. And actually take a risk.

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“People often underestimate the power that they can have as an individual to create change within their community, and within the world, so I think the first is just saying to yourself, ‘I'm going to do something,’ and then taking that first step and trying to do something with it.”

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*Hasani is a P&G employee.

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