In June, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted to adopt a call to action "to engage in the larger movement to end anti-Blackness and defund the police." What does "defund the police" mean? Last month, we held a conversation to examine the racist role of police through US history, particularly in modern times.
This month, we will discuss alternatives to calling the police and over-policing communities. India Harris and Rev. Jason Lydon will be joining us. India serves as Co-chair of the UUA General Assembly Safety Committee. Rev. Jason Lydon introduced the Action of Immediate Witness, Amen to Uprising, which was passed at this year’s General Assembly. We have seen too many examples of policing that ends up destroying life or bodies. What alternatives do people have?
This is a recording of a webinar discussion that is part of the ADORE: A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity discussion group at All Souls, Unitarian in Washington DC in October of 2020. It is the second in a series, the first was presented on What Does Defunding the Police Mean?.