Abolition: Re-defining Free & Safe for Communities of Color By Those Most Impacted

A talk by M. Adams, Judith Browne Dianis, Ashley Carter, Jonel Edwards and Maria Fernandez
Freedom, Inc., Advancement Project, Advancement Project, Dream Defenders and Advancement Project

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This will be a conversation for experts, organizers, and philanthropists alike to wrestle with the difficult questions and nuances for which a country free of a police state must prepare. Session participants will hear from members of communities most impacted by the current state of policing. They will upend the dominant narrative that a police state upholds a “protect and serve” model. Specifically, panelists will discuss re-imagining safety without law enforcement, re-investing criminal justice funding into community supports, efforts to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions, and the call to remove police from schools.

Attendees will hear directly from organizations on the ground doing the work to pursue full, healthy lives safe from the carceral state. They will dream together on how to create and support transformative, community-led change that centers the humanity and dignity of people of color. Most importantly, they will leave with an understanding of how philanthropy can show up and show out for such a necessary movement.

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