Friday, April 1, 2022
2022 Virtual Symposium | Beyond the Rhetoric: Civil Rights & Our Shared Responsibility
Reimagining Systems: Policing, Criminal Justice & the Prison Industrial Complex | Panel Discussion
Complexities around civil rights are clearly seen within this country’s criminal justice system. Debates around police reform and abolition, voting rights for formerly incarcerated people and decriminalization of drugs have reached heightened national attention. Lawyer, writer and organizer Derecka Purnell will share her visions for ending police and prison violence, followed by a moderated panel of other experts who will share their perspectives on how best to enact reforms leading to a more just and civil rights-oriented justice system in the US.
Moderator Jay Jenkins, Harris County Project Attorney, Texas Center for Justice and Equity
Derecka Purnell, Human rights lawyer, writer, organizer, and author of Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom
Keri Blakinger, Reporter, The Marshall Project
José Garza, Travis County District Attorney