Special Webinar with Alex Vitale

Join the Racial Justice Coalition, the Elder Vigil Group, and the Ethical Humanist Society of Asheville for a valuable webinar by Alex Vitale, “Research-Based Perspectives on Police Reform vs. Defunding vs. Abolition of Police,” on January 14th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

You’ve heard the RJC and others in our community call for divesting from the police and investing in Black and Brown communities during this summer’s demonstrations against police killings. You’ve heard some parts of the community call to “defund the police.” Not everyone agrees with this movement, and many members of the community don’t fully understand what these calls actually mean. Whatever your position, this webinar is a chance to find out more. Professor Vitale will explain the “defund the police” movement and its relationship to the long struggle for racial and economic justice.

RJC’s Community Liaisons Rob and grits will moderate this conversation as an important step toward envisioning a world where we care for each other to meet public health and safety needs. Want to join us in learning more together? Sign up here to RSVP to attend the webinar January 14th, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Then keep an eye out for an email from us with the link to attend.

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London South Bank University. He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults to both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing.

His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have been published in The NY Times, Washington Post and The Guardian.

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Get a head start on the topic of this webinar with Professor Vitale by reading this Washington Post article.