Past Event

Derecka Purnell on Becoming Abolitionists

March 1, 2023
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Buell Hall, 515 W. 116 St., New York, NY 10027 East Gallery

For more than a century, activists in the United States have tried to reform the police. From community policing initiatives to increasing diversity, none of it has stopped the police from killing about three people a day. Millions of people continue to protest police violence because these "solutions" do not match the problem: the police cannot be reformed.

Here, Derecka Purnell will speak to the main arguments in her new book, Becoming Abolitionists, and engage with abolition collective members and the audience to workshop ideas about envisioning new systems that work to address the root causes of violence. 

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Copies of Becoming Abolitionists will be available for purchase following the event.

Co-Presented with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, the Studio for Law & Culture, the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought and Initiative for a Just Society, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, and the Columbia University African American and African Diaspora Studies Department

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