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Wednesday, September 30 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Crisis and Failed States: How the Pandemic Deepened the Police State (CLE)

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NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our panelists, we have decided to not distribute a recording for the panel "Crisis and Failed States: How the Pandemic Deepened the Police State." Thank you for your understanding.

CLE Credit: 1.5 hours for General (Topical content, skills training, law practice management)

The pandemic did not create more crisis, it revealed the deep structural inequities and collapsed social safety net that already existed, especially in communities of color across the globe. It also served as a pretext for an intensification of surveillance, criminalizing safety responses and targeting exploited labor forces, and a deepening of the police state. Under the guise of public health and safety, law enforcement, militia and paramilitary violence has increased in communities that were already targets of state-sanctioned and sponsored violence prior to COVID-19. Technologies and tactics used by police and military forces are being duplicated worldwide in order to suppress organizing, worker demands and uprisings against state violence while simultaneously protecting capital and property interests. As citizens organize against disaster capitalism policies and make collective demands, the state has become more violent, more privatized and also more exposed. This workshop will address the construction of criminalizing narratives and the policing of citizens from an internationalist perspective, surfacing how workers’ organizing, housing insecurity individuals and Afro-descendant communities have been fighting back against corporate-state violence.

(CLE Credit will be given through the State Bar of CA. After the convention, we'll be emailing out attendance verification forms to all attendees.)


Sponsors: International Committee, Puerto Rico Subcommittee, TUPOCC (The United People of Color Caucus of the NLG)


Ariadna Godreau Aubert, Ayuda Legal PR - She obtained JD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Masters in Law degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, UK. Ariadna is has worked in several access to justice initiatives, which include strategic litigation at local and international levels, the use of technology to increase legal literacy and organizing movements lawyers. She is the coordinator of the Access to Justice Working Group and the Executive Director of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Inc.

Mari Mari Narvaez, Kilometro 0 - Executive Director of Kilometro 0, an organization that looks for ways to build a more democratic society, where the state does not abuse its power to use force against citizens and where people can create community strategies against insecurity, as well as exercise their rights. Mari has a master's degree in Journalism and Latin American Studies and doctoral courses in History and Gender Studies.

Kranti KC (India y ESCR Network) - Kranti is the Executive Director of HRLN since 2014. He works extensively with young lawyers, across various cities in India and heads HRLN’s fellows program and students for human rights, and encourages the participation of young people with access to justice programs. A graduate from ILS Law College, Kranti has facilitated a wide range of litigation; such as food security, healthcare, and right of the indigenous, sexual minorities, and foreign nationals, persons with disabilities, environmental issues, governance, labour, women and children among others. He takes special interest in using the law to combat violence that women face within the domestic, workplaces and society at large.

Andrea Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant, police misconduct attorney and organizer whose writing, litigation, and advocacy has focused on policing and criminalization of women and LGBT people of color for the past two decades. She is the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color (Beacon Press 2017), co-author of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women (AAPF 2015) and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Beacon Press 2011), and is a nationally recognized expert on policing issues. She works with groups across the country to support campaigns to end profiling, police violence criminalization, mass incarceration, and deportation through the Interrupting Criminalization initiative she co-founded with Mariame Kaba and Woods Ervin, and as a consultant. She is also co-founder with Derecka Purnell of the COVID19 Policing Project (covid19policing.com). She is a member of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table, was a founding member of the Steering Committee of New York City's Communities United for Police Reform (2011-2015), and was appointed to the New York City Council Young Women's Initiative, where she co-chaired the Anti-Violence and Criminalization Working Group. She was a 2014 Senior Soros Justice fellow and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Invisible Institute.

Marisol Lebron (Moderator) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Prior to arriving at UT, Dr. LeBrón was an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Dickinson College and a Postdoctoral Associate in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University. Dr. LeBrón received her PhD in American Studies from New York University and her bachelor's degree in Comparative American Studies and Latin American Studies from Oberlin College. An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. LeBrón’s research and teaching focus on social inequality, policing, violence, and protest.


Wednesday September 30, 2020 7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT
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