Sun., March 31,12:15 PM, Commmunity Panel and Dialog: What Can We Do About Mass Incarceration?

First Unitarian Church of Oakland

This promises to be a powerful and compelling event! Jonathon Simon is looking at the entire criminal justice system through the lens of the concept of Dignity. Jose Bernal will help us let our elected representatives know that we want change in the conditions in our county jail. This dialog wil help us be better equipped to make a difference in an unjust system! Please RSVP through Eventbrite

Jose Bernal: Senior Organizer for Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Serves on the S.F. Reentry Council; advocates for restorative justice policies; spearheaded campaigns to de-privatize reentry services and end gang  injunctions; directs Ella Baker Center’s Audit the Sheriff Campaign in Alameda County. Graduate of Stanford University’s Project ReMade program, a course aimed at empowering the formerly incarcerated.

Jonathon Simon: directs the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC and teaches about punishment, prisons, and mass incarceration. His books include, Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Society and Created a Culture of Fear (2009) and Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America (2014). Simon believes that invoking human dignity can fuel efforts to change the direction of the carceral state.

Listen to Simon’s interview on Dignity and The Carceral State:

You are welcome to join us for our church service at 10:30 and hear great music, be in a vibrant and inclusive community, and hear Jose Bernal and Prof. Simon speak and/or you can join us for the panel and dialog at 12:15.

Light lunch wil be provided

Please fill out eventbrite if you can so can get a sense for lunch numbers.