A public event hosted by CAREpdx

Date: Friday, October 11, 2019 at 6 PM – 9 PM

Location: Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union: Parkway 101 North Room (first floor)

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/498032657424257/


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. Please join us for a panel discussion to imagine a world beyond policing.

6 – 6:30pm:
– Organization Tabling, Snacks, and Socializing
6:30 – 9pm:
– Introductions and Welcome
– Presentation by Alex S. Vitale
– Panel Discussion
– Audience Q & A

Childcare and ASL interpretation will be available.

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.