2021 Colloquium: Defund to Abolish

 

February 9 + 10, 2021 |
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM ET |

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Join 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.

Organized by NYU Review of Law and Social Change, 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.

*This event will have live captioning and interpretation into American Sign Language and Spanish. Need other accommodations in order to access this event? Let us know when you RSVP! You can also email us at defundtoabolish2021colloquium@gmail.com with any questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

**This event has been approved for up to 5.5 Professional Practice Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and is appropriate for both experienced and newly admitted attorneys. If you are interested in receiving CLE credit, please indicate so in your RSVP, and we will follow up with additional details.

***The recording of the event will be available at socialchangenyu.com following the event.

Panel I: Defund Means Defund

February 9, 2021 5:30-6:45pm ET

Panelists will contextualize the current moment, discuss the divide between reformist and abolitionist strategies, and lay 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
CeCe McDonald
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 will highlight 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.

Deborah Archer (Moderator) | NYU School of Law, Center on Race Inequality and the Law
Girls for Gender Equity
Jared Trujillo | Decrim NYC
Sarah Hamid | The Carceral Tech Resistance Network
Tsion Gurmu | Black Alliance for Just Immigration

Panel III: Communities Without Police – We Keep Our Communities Safe

February 10 5:30- 6:45pm ET

Panelists will share concrete examples of abolitionist strategies for community safety and discuss their vision for community safety systems that do not rely on policing. 

Zach Norris (moderator) | Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Danielle Sered | Common Justice
Kelly Savage | Survived and Punished
Kerbie Joseph | Audre Lorde Project, Safe OUTside the System
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. will reflect on different strategies and tactics to defund the police, what barriers they have faced, and what strategies have proved most effective.

Amna Akbar (moderator) | Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Anthonine Pierre | Communities United for Police Reform and Brooklyn Movement Center
Chas Moore | Austin Justice Coalition
D’atra Jackson | Durham Beyond Policing and BYP100
James Burch | Anti Police-Terror Project
Truth Maze | Reclaim the Block

 

This event would not be possible without our partners, NYU Black Allied Law Student Association and Latinx Law Students Association, the Student Bar Association, and our 40+ co-sponsors:
NYU Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law
Alternative Breaks
American Constitution Society
Asia Law Society (ALS)
Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA)
CannaLaw Society
Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF)
Coalition on Law and Representation (CoLR)
Defender Collective
Disability Allied Law Students Association (DALSA)
Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (DVAP)
Education Law and Policy Society
Ending the Prison Industrial Complex (EPIC)
Environmental Law Society (ELS)
Health Law & Policy Society (HLPS)
HIV Law Society (HIVLS)
If/When/How
Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA)
Law & Government Society
Law Dems
Law Students for Economic Justice (LawSEJ)
Law Students for Justice in Palestine (LSJP)
Law Women
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)
OUTLaw
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)