New York, NY 10002
Alex Vitale and guests Kassandra Frederique of the Drug Policy Alliance and author Victoria Law will discuss de-policing in the context of prison abolitionism and the war on drugs.
Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project there. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry. He is the author of the new book The End of Policing.
Kassandra Frederique is New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), where she works with communities throughout the state to address and resolve the collateral consequences of the War on Drugs – state violence. She is currently organizing with groups around New York state to address bias policing practices, legalizing marijuana, and the collateral consequences of criminalization.
Victoria Law is a writer focusing on intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women, the co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities, and the publisher of Tenacious: Art & Writings by Women in Prison. Her forthcoming book, Your Home is Your Prison, examines how popular alternatives to incarceration widen the carceral net.