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Tell It Like It Is: Transforming Conflict w/ Story
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Ended May 7, 2014
Tell It Like It Is leverages personal narrative development and performance to transform community-scale conflicts.

Mission
Tell It Like It Is
leverages intergroup personal narrative development and public performance to transform community-scale conflicts.

Process 

Each iteration of Tell It Like It Is includes a series of facilitated intergroup personal narrative development workshops followed by one or more public performances. Throughout the workshops, individuals from opposing sides of a specific conflict each develop a ten- to fifteen-minute-long true personal story related to the specific conflict being addressed. During the public performances, each workshop participant performs the story they have developed.

Outcome
By engaging in intergroup personal narrative development, participants have the opportunity to express identity, increase empathy, and negotiate meaning. When publicly performed, their stories invite the larger community into the sphere of their intergroup dialogues. As premised by Intergroup Contact Theory, this creates the opportunity to transform negative stereotypes, thereby increasing the opportunity to de-escalate, resolve, and reconcile community-scale conflicts.

Plan
From January through March 2014, Tell It Like It Is will be addressing the pressing issue of police violence in Portland, Oregon.  By engaging Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and non-PPB citizens who have experienced police violence in dialogue through the personal narrative development process, and by expanding that dialogue to the larger community through public performance, Tell It Like It Is intends to reduce the negative stereotyping of citizens by police officers, and of police officers by citizens, thereby reducing the occurence of violent encounters.

How You Can Help

The first public Tell It Like It Is performances are scheduled for March 2014. The preferred venue for these performances is the Portland Center for the Performing Arts' 340-seat Winningstad Theatre*. Total venue fees for two evenings are approximately $3500, to be paid in full upon reserving the space. Tell It Like It Is needs your help to make this groundbreaking project possible! Please support this project by pre-purchasing a ticket or donating now!

* As the preferred venue cannot by reserved until full payment is made, the show venue is subject to change. If a smaller venue is chosen, the show will run for more days.  Either way, venue fees are expected to be the same.

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Perks

$20 USD
1 Ticket to a Tell It Like It Is Show!
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Upon claiming this perk, your name will be added to the Tell It Like It Is guest list. Once the venue is reserved, you will receive an email confirming the dates and times of the Tell It Like It Is shows, and you will be given the opportunity to choose which performance you would like to attend.
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$40 USD
2 Tickets to a Tell It Like It Is Show!
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Upon claiming this perk, the name of you and your guest will be added to the Tell It Like It Is guest list. Once the venue has been reserved, you will receive an email confirming the dates and times of the Tell It Like It Is shows, and you will be given the opportunity to choose which performance you would like to attend.
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