Connect the Cops: Mapping Gendered Police Violence Across Punitive Contexts ♥ ✚
Thursday, Oct 15, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Connect the Cops:
Mapping Gendered Police Violence Across Punitive Contexts
Featuring Alisa Bierria and Aminah Elster
Does the grassroots demand to defund the police include systems of policing in prisons, schools, homes, and healthcare? How can defunding the police across punitive contexts create safer conditions for survivors of domestic and sexual violence? Join scholars and organizers Alisa Bierria and Aminah Elster to explore how a Black feminist theory of safety highlights connections between multiple forms of policing in survivors’ lives, and how a feminist political movement to divest from policing can enable survivors’ freedom and self-determination.
About the Speakers
Alisa Bierria is a Black feminist philosopher whose work focuses on racialized gender violence and critical acts of survival. She co-founded Survived & Punished, a national organization that challenges the criminalization of survivors of domestic and sexual violence and advocates for the abolition of carceral systems. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stanford University and was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. She is now an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.
Aminah Elster is the Founder of Unapologetically H.E.R.S., which is committed to centering and empowering the experiences of those incarcerated within California women’s prisons through leadership development and self-sufficiency. As a formerly incarcerated woman of color, Aminah is intimately familiar with the impacts of imprisonment, and is a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners and an organizer with Survived & Punished CA. She previously worked with Berkeley Underground Scholars leading the organization’s Ambassador Program and serving as the Advocacy Chair for Underground Scholars Initiative. She completed her undergraduate education at UC Berkeley.
About the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence
The Initiative to End Family Violence unites faculty from 21 departments at UCI with community partners in research, education, and clinical interventions in abuse across the lifespan. We envision a world in which all people are safe.