(de)criminalization of Latinxs: a 2 day convening

When: June 1, 2018 9:00 AM to June 2, 2018 2:00 PM
Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2216 17th St
Bakersfield, CA
Contact: Jeronimo Saldana at jsaldana@latinojustice.org
Summary: Join our 4th annual Latinx Criminal Justice Reform convening. The event will gather Latinx leaders, activists, academics, and directly impacted community members seeking to address the intersection of Latinx communities with criminal justice reform.

Description

In December of 2016, Francisco Serma, a 73-year-old abuelito in the early stages of dementia was shot and killed by a Bakersfield police officer. Even though Serna was unarmed and posed no threat, the officer would go on to be cleared of wrongdoing by an internal BPD review committee.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident. In a report released last November, the ACLU of Southern California found “a disturbing pattern of shootings, beatings and canine attacks by Bakersfield police and sheriff's deputies, beyond what was called for in numerous law enforcement situations, especially when dealing with unarmed individuals.” Unsurprisingly, an interview of Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood surfaced recently in which he was quoted as saying it would be less costly to Kern County if police shootings resulted in death.

That is why LatinoJustice will be partnering with Faith in the Valley to hold our 4th annual Latinx Criminal Justice Reform convening in Bakersfield, CA on June 1st and 2nd. The two-day event will be a gathering of Latinx leaders, activists, academics, and directly impacted community members seeking to address the intersection of Latinx communities with policing, drug policy, and criminal justice reform.

Some of the topics covered during the convening will include:

  • Unpacking how Latinxs are ensnared in the criminal justice system
  • Strategies for advancing police & prosecutorial accountability
  • Taking on problematic sheriffs and DAs
  • Incorporating healing justice into our practice
The convening will also include a strategy session on how Latinxs can advance criminal justice reform in their own communities. You can see a draft agenda here .

The reality is that Latinxs are disproportionately and adversely affected by discriminatory policing and criminal justice practices but rarely involved in shaping their solutions. This harm is real for Latinas and Latinos. In many respects the system needs to be dismantled -not just reformed- as we cannot allow de-incarceration to be replaced by high-tech criminal supervision that results in incarceration anew.

Additionally, we would also like to extend an invitation to the premier of our Google funded mini-documentary covering the history of the criminalization of Latinxs directed by Emmy-nominated director Carlos Sandoval on UCLA’s main campus the night before the convenings, Thursday, May 31st.

RSVP on the box to the right and to learn more about the convening please contact Jerónimo Saldaña at Jsaldana@LatinoJustice.org.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

2216 17th St

Bakersfield, CA 93301

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