Thu, Nov 14|
Justice Part 2: From Theory To Practice
Where is the justice in our current criminal justice system?
Time & Location
Nov 14, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Belong Church, 1615 N Ogden St, Denver, CO 80218, USA
About the event
Oppression relies on the notion that some people are worth less than others and that once someone has violated the law or caused harm, the best thing to do is to throw them away. We have been taught that imprisonment, torture, and even death can be justified because of harm done or rationalized due to "bad choices", and thus to blame for their condition. Rarely, if ever, are the victim’s needs met or are the choices of the oppressive system itself and its actors examined. The criminal justice system in the U.S., especially the current for-profit variation, emerged out of conscious efforts to socially control marginalized communities and profiteer off of their bodies and labor. It is a system wrought with fundamental problems that cannot be disconnected from other systems of oppression, and too often, our communities and movements have internalized this carceral logic and replicate it without examination. Manifestations of punitive patterns and the politics of disposability often add to the harm that has already been done while often doing little to repair or prevent harm, keep us safe, or alter patterns of behavior But it doesn’t have to be like this, and we can build another way. To combat our society’s carceral logic, this, we must move away from understanding “justice” as merely punishment, something "punitive" to understanding justice as taking accountability for one’s actions, repairing harm, and working toward a transformation of self, community, and society. Because carceral solutions are not inevitable. We can build another way. Join Regan Byrd of Regan Byrd Consulting, and Roshan Bliss of the Denver Justice Project, for this 2 part series on transformative justice and community accountability, exploring how to equip ourselves with the skills and attitudes needed to build justice systems that meet our communities needs. This is a low cost community training, suggested ticket price is $25 per training, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Attendees and supporters are invited to donate via Venmo @Regan-Byrd, Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person at the event.