Racist policing has a long history in the United States. From slave patrols to Jim Crow Laws and in present time with what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow” there has been a long lineage of violence, harassment, harm and killing of Black and Brown people. Recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Sean Reed have spurred a call to action. These killings add to the long list of African American people who have been killed by police officers. We can not sit back and stay blinded to these injustices. There are currently protests and demonstrations of different forms happening around the country as well as in other countries. The time for change has come.
This seminar is a panel discussion on the subject of Racist Policing and how we can create change. Therapists and Educators have a particular responsibility to address and dismantle racism. Racist Policing along with systemic forms of racism is particularly traumatic for black people. As therapists and educators we have a duty to help change and dismantle the traumatic, humiliating systems that deny black and brown people their dignity and humanity. Panelists will discuss their work, world and lived experience related to this subject.
Organized by Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty. Panelists will include WISR Alum Sevgi Fernandez, Cofounder/President of Together We Stand. Richard Lawrence will be joining us as well. More panelists to be confirmed shortly.
CEUs are available. Please let Rosa know if you would like to come and if you would like CEUs.