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Community Conversation: Police Violence and How We Can Create Change
Every day, police violence results in deaths, serious injuries, and mental abuse for populations in the US and around the world. Around 1,000 people are killed every year in the United States by police, and in 2020 Black people made up 28% of this number despite being only 13% of the U.S. population. These violations are often fueled by deficient laws, racial and class discrimination, and entrenched impunity for police forces. We will be joined by multiple panelists with unique perspectives on this issue. Dustin Gibson, a disability justice activist and founder of the Pittsburgh Without Police Fund, who will focus on policing in the larger context of imperialism. Onyinye "Gandhi" Chuks, an activist and lawyer who leads the Association of Nigerians in Pittsburgh will provide a global lens centered on SARS and the realities on the ground in Nigeria. Ada Perlman, a student at the Ellis School in Pittsburgh, will be speaking on her connection to the 10/27 events at the three congregations: Dor Hadash, Tree of Life *Or L'Simcha, and New Light in response to police action and bias in who they protect. Join us to learn more about how police violence affects people in the U.S. and around the world, how we can hold police officers accountable, and the different ways people are working to find solutions to this problem. This conversation will be moderated by Ashley Comans from the Alliance for Police Accountability. ASL/English interpreters will be provided.

Jan 14, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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