Stopping Police Crimes to Extend and Defend Democracy

Nov 2, 2013

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With the birth of the Twenty-first Century many of us thought about how our country and the world would handle the political and social issues carried over from the last one.  Issues involving race, employment, war, and cries for social justice were all hot topics of the Twentieth Century.  It seems those same issues are still with us today.  Many people would argue that they have gotten worse.

Please join us for a thought provoking panel and lively discussion on what should be done to combat the blatant attacks on our democratic rights, this Saturday November 9th at 2:00 pm.  Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago IL 60615.

Our panelists for this quarterly forum are…

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Gregory Malandrucco (Twitter), a PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the University of Chicago, studies history with a specialization on the Italian Fascist dictatorship and Fascist ideology.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Rozell “Prexy” Nesbitt has attended the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania; Northwestern University; and Columbia University. Even before completing his Ph.D. in 1975, Nesbitt was highly active in labor and equality movements.  Nesbitt has served as the director of the Africa Project at the Institute of Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. and in 1979, Nesbitt became the program director and secretary for research at the World Council of Churches, based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1986, Chicago mayor Harold Washington named Nesbitt as a special assistant. He became the South African representative of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the interim director for the American Friends Service Committee Africa Program. From 2003 on Nesbitt has worked as the Senior Multiculturalism and Diversity Specialist for the Chicago Teachers Center at Northeastern Illinois University.[/author_info] [/author]

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Crista Noel is a founder of Women’s All Points Bulletin (Twitter, Facebook), a non-profit focused on violence against women during policing encounters. The WAPB is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. She has personally been a victim of police brutality.[/author_info] [/author]

Today we have a system of mass incarceration, with the majority in prison African American and Latino men.  The police are the cutting edge of the Prison-Industrial Complex – you don’t go to prison without being arrested.  The number of people executed by police on the streets of Chicago alone these past 3 ½ years exceeds 70. The Quarterly Forum will provide some insight and possible answers to these questions:

How is it possible for a country that boasts of having one of the oldest democracies in the world to be sliding away from the democratic rights of its citizens in this way?

  • What are the implications of this backward move?
  • What is the link between police violence and the erosion of democracy?
  • What is the link between the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the Voting Rights Act and police violence?
  • Could the overall political and economic crisis of our economy in the context of this increasing racist offensive be involved?