POSTPONED: Zach Norris - We Keep Us Safe (Corte Madera Store)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm

Please note: This event has been postponed due to concerns for the health and well-being of our community. For updates on this event and for additional event information, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.

As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments—meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.

We Keep Us Safe is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.

Zach Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which creates campaigns related to civic engagement, violence prevention, juvenile justice, and police brutality, with a goal of shifting economic resources away from prisons and punishment and towards economic opportunity. He is also the cofounder of Restore Oakland and Justice for Families, both of which focus on the power of community action. He graduated from Harvard and took his law degree from New York University. Connect with him @ZachWNorris.

"Bright, talented, compassionate, strategic, and committed . . . Norris's insights and story will be an enormously important contribution in the effort to advance human rights in this country." —Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities Cover Image
By Zach Norris, Van Jones (Foreword by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780807029701
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Beacon Press - February 4th, 2020

A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment