in conversation with Marlena Henderson
Tues., Nov, 2 • 1:00pm PT • Live • Online
Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons and Punishment is a new vision of a care-based strategy for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment. Despite the United States’ long-standing tradition of aggressive policing and imprisonment, we still don’t feel safe. It’s clear that our current approaches to justice aren’t working. They blame our problems on a subset of scapegoats and marginalized Others we’ve been indoctrinated to perceive as criminals, decreasing our societal capacity to hold powerful institutions and individuals accountable. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. Defund Fear is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community.
Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families.
Marlena Henderson is an advocate for Criminal Justice reform and Mental Health reform. As a victim and survivor of the mass incarceration movement she brings a unique perspective to many of the systems failures and opportunities. Marlena has worked in management, as an entrepreneur, a board member, a champion for equity in education and most recently as an advocate for Safety reform.
Zach Norris photo courtesy of the author; Marlena Henderson photo courtesy of the author