The fourth in this series of Alternatives to Calling the Police workshops will offer a basic introduction to and overview of the core concepts of “transformative justice”. It will be a space for participants to learn about transformative justice and how to begin thinking about community-based responses to violence. We will also cover the concept of “pods” from the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC). This will be an educational event with a Q&A.
We ask for a donation of any amount to support the continued work of the Alternatives to Policing Coalition. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Sunday, July 21, 2-6 pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St.., Oakland
Contact Nancy Taylor via the office (510-531-8212 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to carpool.
This is a two-year project (2019-2020), more than a year in the making, is being co-sponsored by Skyline UCC with other groups.
Some things to know about this project:
WHAT IT IS NOT:
- Participation in this project does NOT constitute a commitment to not call the police.
WHAT IT IS:
- A realization/acceptance that when black lives are involved, calling the police can be fatal.
- An exploration of alternatives that can be more effective than the police, such as groups that are trained in non-violent communications, de-escalation techniques, crisis intervention (in areas such as mental health, drug & alcohol abuse), self defense, conflict resolution, medical training, community disaster preparedness, etc.
- Internal work on the effects of White Supremacy on police violence, examining safety & security, interracial dynamics in the community, what internal fears make people rely on the police? (Each community would tailor content of inner work to its own needs.)
- Ways to get to know our neighbors and to help us to know and trust each other via material resources, availability for prayer and conversation, etc.
In Summary: this is an invitation to participate in a program that can build toward the creation of a true Beloved Community that chooses to not collude with empire (in this case, the “prison-industrial complex”) in the name of safety, and that is willing to take the risk(s) necessary to explore an alternative first-responder network that provides interventions, when necessary, for the safety of all individuals and groups that are participating. This is also a next step in examining our own internal mechanisms of White Supremacy/racism/white fragility. ALL are invited to join in this opportunity for growth, and in this righteous (and scary!) adventure. Contact Nancy Taylor via the office (510-531-8212 email@example.com)