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Under-Resourced or Over-Policed? A conversation on alternatives to policing and incarceration to address public safety in communities affected by violence.
October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday, October 26th | 4 – 6 pm | Room 90
Part of our Justice, Activism, Belonging Series
Pizza and soda will be provided.
Since the protests in Ferguson, MO in 2014, elected officials across the country have committed to reforming policing and the criminal justice system to ensure the safety and security of Black, Brown, and poor communities. These reforms, however, have been threatened by significant shifts a at the federal level, including steps by the Department of Justice to end oversight over police departments and the return of military equipment to local law enforcement. Communities at the grassroots are now coming together to raise the profile of their efforts to transform the way we think of public safety in order to insulate the path to social justice from swaying winds at the top. Join us in witnessing a dialogue among community organizers, artists, faith leaders, entrepreneurs, designers, and lawyers on how communities affected by violence conceive of public safety and how our local policies and budgets can reflect community-driven solutions that look beyond policing and incarceration. Featuring speakers from:Law for Black Lives, Center for Popular Democracy, NJ STEP, Black Lives Matter-Patterson, Urban Cooperative Enterprise Legal Center, The Orchid Group, NJ Institute for Social Justice, Designing the WE.
Convened by: Professors Bonita Veysey (School of Criminal Justice) and Jeena Shah (School of Law)