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November 16, 2017
Abolitionist Practice and the End of Policing
Wooden Shoe Books and Records
November 16, 2017
7.00pm - 9.00pm
Wooden Shoe Books and Records
704 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
a roundtable moderated by Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing.

Local activists will discuss a variety of local struggles guided by abolitionist perspectives moderated by Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing. 

The End of Policing attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.

Co-sponsored by Philly REAL Justice and Decarcerate PA.

BIOS:

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College. He has written recent pieces in the New York Daily News, the Nation, and the New Inquiry.

George Ciccariello-Maher is Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He is the author of Builing the Commune, We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution, and Decolonizing Dialectics.

Megan Malachi is a Philadelphia native. She is an educator and organizer with Philly REAL Justice, a local police abolitionist organization.

Sean West Wispy is a legal worker and organizer with Amistad Law Project, an abolitionist public interest law center based in Philly. He also works with Coalition To Abolish Death By Incarceration, a movement of lifers and lifers families, working to abolish life w/o parole sentencing (aka death by incarceration) and bring people home from prison. 

Kris Henderson is a lawyer and organizer with Amistad Law Project an abolitionist public interest law center based in Philly. They also work with Coalition To Abolish Death By Incarceration, a movement of lifers and lifers families, working to abolish life w/o parole sentencing (aka death by incarceration) and bring people home from prison.

Lauren Taylor (LT) is a social worker and an organizer in several local campaigns to end mass incarceration, specifically to abolish money bail and pretrial detention, and death by incarceration. Before moving to Philadelphia in 2015, they organized in Chicago with We Charge Genocide, the Campaign for Reparations for Chicago police torture survivors (more here), and Black and Pink Chicago.