Defund to Abolish brought together community organizers, legal practitioners, and activist scholars to unpack and explore strategies to defund and abolish the police, and engage with the imaginative possibilities of a police-free world.
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Organized by NYU Review of Law and Social Change Colloquia Editors Aiesha Krause-Lee, Claire Lowinger-Iverson, and Lauren Wilfong, with the support of the RLSC Colloquium Committee, in partnership with NYU Black Allied Law Student Association and Latinx Law Students Association, with the co-sponsorship of 40+ NYU Law organizations, and the generous fiscal support of the NYU Law Student Bar Association.
Video: Day 1 (Panels I & II)
ASL interpretation is available on the Spanish language recording.
Video: Day 2 (Panels III & IV)
American Sign Language simultaneous interpretation provided by All Hands In Motion. Contact them at: http://www.allhandsinmotion.com/contact.
Panel I: Defund Means Defund
February 9, 2021 5:30-6:45pm ET
Panelists contextualized the current moment, discussed the divide between reformist and abolitionist strategies, and laid out a vision for the future of the movements to defund and abolish the police.
Jamelia Morgan (moderator) | University of Connecticut School of Law
Andrea Ritchie | Interrupting Criminalization
CeCe McDonald | The Black Excellence Collective, Black Excellence Tour, and Black Youth Support Network
Kempis “Ghani” Songster | Amistad Law Project and Abolitionist Law Center
Mimi Kim | Creative Interventions
Mon Mohapatra | 8 to Abolition
Panel II: Abolishing Police Across Intersecting Systems
February 9, 2021 6:45 – 8:00pm ET
This panel highlighted examples of how policing and criminalization show up in major institutions and industries as varied as technology, education, immigration enforcement, and sex work, and strategies organizers are using to remove police from these systems and spaces.
Jeanette Orellana | Girls for Gender Equity
Panel III: Communities Without Police – We Keep Our Communities Safe
February 10 5:30- 6:45pm ET
Panelists shared concrete examples of abolitionist strategies for community safety and discussed their vision for community safety systems that do not rely on policing.
Danielle Sered | Common Justice
Kelly Savage-Rodriguez | Survived and Punished
Lilac Maldonado | The Fireweed Collective
Panel IV: Defunding the Police in Practice
February 10 6:45-8:00pm ET
Organizers waging campaigns to defund the police in cities across the U.S. reflected on different strategies and tactics to defund the police, what barriers they have faced, and what strategies have proved most effective.
Anthonine Pierre | Communities United for Police Reform and Brooklyn Movement Center
James Burch | Anti Police-Terror Project
American Constitution Society
Asia Law Society (ALS)
Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA)
Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF)
Coalition on Law and Representation (CoLR)
Disability Allied Law Students Association (DALSA)
Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP)
Education Law and Policy Society
Health Law & Policy Society (HLPS)
HIV Law Society (HIVLS)
Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA)
Law & Government Society
Law Students for Economic Justice (LawSEJ)
Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP)
Mental Health Law and Justice Association (MHLJA)
Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA)
Midwestern Law Society
National Lawyers’ Guild – NYU Chapter
National Security Law Society
NYU Law & Political Economy Association
NYU Law Immigrant Rights Project
NYU Mediation Organization (NMO)
Public Interest Law Student Association (PILSA)
Research, Education and Advocacy to Combat Homelessness (REACH)
Resisting Injustice and Standing for Equality (RISE) Indivisible
Rights Over Tech
Social Enterprise & Startup Law Group (SE-SL)
South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)
Sports Law Association
Student Advocates for Empowerment Through Harm Reduction (SAFER)
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF)
Student Bar Association (SBA)
Suspension Representation Project (SRP)
Unemployment Action Center (UAC)
West Coast Connection (WCC)
Women of Color Collective (WoCC)