Event: Creating a World Beyond Policing

Date: Saturday October 12th 6 – 9pm

Location: Dismantle, Change, Build Center
14 NE Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97211

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Please join us for night two in our Beyond Policing series to explore, imagine, and help create a world beyond policing. Tonight will feature an organizational share and panel discussion with local abolitionist activists, and will welcome Alex Vitale as our guest presenter.

About the Event:
Given the profound distrust between Portlanders and their police department and the struggles that Portland has had with historical police repression and contemporary collaboration with violent right winger hate groups, the time seems ripe for a reconsideration of policing in Portland.

October 12, 2019
6 – 6:30pm
– Organization Tabling, Snacks, and Socializing
6:30 – 9pm:
– Introductions and Welcome
– Opening Discussion by Alex S. Vitale
– Panel Discussion
– Organizational Share: +/- 2 minutes to share how your organization contributes to these efforts!
– Audience Q & A
– Book Signing, Casual Discussion, Antisocializing

  • Childcare and ASL Interpretation will be available
  • Vegetarian and Vegan food will be served

Organized and supported by:
Critical Resistance Portland
Care Not Cops
Policing and Social Justice Project


About the Presenter

Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London Southbank University. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally, working at the cutting edge of practical academic theory regarding policing and social change.

Dr. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in The NY Times, NY Daily News, The Nation, Vice News, Jacobin, and USA Today.

Rather than a purely ivory tower approach or a purely street level activism approach, Vitale has taken the unusual step of penning a readable handbook for dissecting the problems of contemporary policing, continuing his career-long dedication to communicating academic ideas through popular media pieces.

He is dedicated to helping cities and communities–and even police departments–think through and implement policing alternatives. Moreover, he has begun the important work of advancing academic theory and praxis, setting out grounded critiques of the liberal approach to police reform and advocating for practical strategies to triage these concerns.

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