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The Intersection of Disability, Race, and Police Brutality
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When: Thursday, July 16, 2020
12:00 PM
Where: United States

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Join us in examining and learning how police brutality disproportionately targets Black people with disabilities, how law enforcement is racist and ableist by nature, and how to ground our movements in disability justice. Nationally-renowned disability justice scholars and activists will be joining us. Speakers include:

  • Talila “TL” Lewis, Attorney, Social Justice Engineer, Educator, Organizer and Artist
  • Dustin “DG” Gibson, Community Builder, Educator, Disability Justice and Criminal Justice Reform Activist.
  • Teddy Dorsette III, Communications Manager & Organizer, Detroit Disability Power


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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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