As Dr. Martin Luther King called us to move away from the idea that violence or “war is just,” we will explore effective methods for moving away from police violence. One resource person will address and facilitate conversation about various structural elements needed for a safer community including examples of police reforms. A second resource person will address and facilitate attendee stories about unarmed civilian protection initiatives, including examples of unarmed policing. These will lead to deeper discussion in pairs, small groups, and large group; where we will discuss some of the advocacy options and how U.S. churches can help to scale up nonviolent practices in regards to policing and community safety issues.
Aaron Goggans, Movement for Black Lives in DC; Rev. Waltrina Middleton, United Church of Christ and Associate Dean of the Chapel at Howard University