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From Protests to Policy Reform: the Legislative Fight Against Police Brutality
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When: Thursday, July 9, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: United States

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Join the ENGAGE team for a special virtual discussion, featuring activists and those personally impacted by the criminal justice system, about the legislative fight to dismantle policies that help to disproportionately incarcerate and criminalize our Black and Brown communities. Speakers include:

  • Amani Sawari, Campaign Coordinator for the #RightToVote campaign
  • Baraka Sanders, SSW Student, Criminal Justice Reform Activist, and Former Juvenile Lifer
  • Sophie Ordway, SSW Student and Criminal Justice Reform Activist


This session is put on by the University of Michigan School of Social Work. 

The uprising in defense of Black lives is a historic moment in our history that has laid bare the gross inequities in our criminal justice system, exposing us to its blatant use to perpetuate the exploitation stemming from slavery. As social workers, our code of ethics mandates that we learn the extent of this injustice and calls us to stand alongside those on the frontlines demanding equity and freedom. We will devote the focus of our ENGAGE virtual discussions in July to examining the complex and vast inequities within our criminal justice system. We will end the month debriefing with students on how we got here, and what actionable initiatives the School can take to create change.

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