Oakland church

Alternatives to Policing – East Bay Online Event

Sunday, July 26
4 PM – 5:30 PM

We are thrilled to invite YOU into a virtual (via zoom) open, creative sharing about how you are considering, dreaming, engaging, and employing alternatives to policing systems when you face threats to your security and safety.

While we have been learning and building together in the Bay Area, a national Black–led movement and uprising for the abolition of white supremacist policing systems is forcing a national conversation and shift in practice about how we will invest in community, neighborhood, and personal systems of community solidarity, mutual aid, and safety – rather than relying on violent and white supremacist policing systems when we are afraid, or need help. What amazing times, and openings! Such appreciation for courageous Black youth, in particular.

Alongside this powerful movement, we seek to continue to support one another in the East Bay, especially those of us in largely/majority white communities and institutions, to develop our tools, resources, and practices for engaging alternatives to policing systems when we face fear and crises. Let’s help each other not become #karens and #kens, while building a supportive and robust, caring network that holds our concerns. Please join us for a series of loving and courageous conversations in July to learn more, and to share our ideas and resources for community investments and alternatives to policing systems.

1) Please join with the “Alternatives to Policing Coalition” and community to listen and participate in this Town Hall on investments needed for community safety, hosted by the Anti Police-Terror Project and Defund OPD Coalition. Please RSVP and join here to listen and learn together:
2) Please BRING two friends from one of your communities (because we can’t do this work alone) for a follow up conversation, especially for those of us in white communities (neighborhoods, friends, organizations, faith communities). In this conversation, we will exchange ideas on who to call, and how to engage, and who to be so that we can rely on each other and community resources for help, rather than policing systems. This will be a creative, open source, small group & big group sharing and conversation
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