We Act Radio co-founder and author Papi Kymone Freeman’s newest work, Nineveh: A Conflict Over Water, is set in the future in a post-oil depleted dystopian society. The epoch of climate change has now surpassed the global warming tipping point, and the melting polar ice caps have caused cessation of ocean levels to rise drastically.
Kristin Henning provides important background on the concept of adolescence and how teens’ experience of those year is shaped by our country’s racialized understanding of youthfulness. Bringing 25 years of experience as a public defender for youth in DC, Professor Henning discusses how some teenage behavior is criminalized and some is indulged.
Brandon Anderson, founder and director of Raheem, joins “Conversations Toward Repair,” on March 1 to discuss the nation’s first independent, online police reporting service and the PATCH network for non-police crisis response, which helps make the DC Safety Squad possible.
Anderson shares history of Raheem, how the PATCH Network functions, and how interested people can get involved. We also discuss the manufactured nature of “criminal,” what it means to envision an abolitionist future, and more.
Anderson said Raheem will soon be offering fellowships for organizing Crisis Response Teams and is working toward accredited “Liberated Dispatch” training. He also suggested a gardening metaphor for approaching abolitionist work: Even those who do not actively seek to remove police from our communities can work on building a “garden” of opportunity and community support.
Abolition is about presence, not absence. It’s about building life-affirming institutions.
Raheem.org — sign up for PATCH Network (“PATCH Network” People and Technology for Community Health) and find out how to get involved in one of the 60 existing organizations within the network or to get tools to start a new Crisis Response Team.
Washington Post following stories of US Marshals killing local man (Tuesday) and death of Savontae Dodie Perkins after encounter with MPD. “Deputy US Marshals fatally shoot…” (Try NewsBank via DCPL or your local library, if hitting a paywall.) See also WJLA
Nineveh: A Conflict Over Water, by We Act Radio co-founder Kymone Freeman. Pre-order novel. Book tour, including March 5 event in Baltimore.
Kristin Henning, author, professor, and public defender, on March 8 “Conversations Toward Repair.”
Next Education Town Hall: On February 22, educators from DC and Virginia discuss attempts to revise how history is understood and taught in our publicly funded schools and what that means for their work as well as our understanding of Black history. 2/22/23 at noon ET — more details