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Peace and Police Reform
September 22, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Police violence has a long history in the United States, starting with, for example, the capture and return of runaway slaves and the maintenance of Black Codes. Violent policing practices also occur in various forms across the globe. In the US, victims of this violence are primarily Black, Brown, poor, mentally distressed, homeless, or, as we have recently seen, individuals exercising their right to assemble and protest. For decades, globally as well as across the US, communities have called for police reform, de-escalation, abolition of police departments as currently constituted, and reformation to focus on police and the community in a social relationship that no longer exercises outdated and unjust social control by force. The role of building peace in relation to policing as currently framed, as reformed, or as reconstructed requires accountability for harm done by police to citizens as well as the direct involvement of communities in any reform, de-escalation, abolition and/or reformation discussions. These approaches are, as presently debated, contentious and fraught with issues of identity, power, privilege, and fear. As such, there is much to consider as we explore these dynamics together.
Zoom Link: https://gmu.zoom.us/j/99033508105
Links exploring (peace in terms of increased community resources, decreased police individual/community/social violence) police reform and police abolition: