Mar 3 2021

CUPPA Conversations for Change: Defunding The Police

March 3, 2021

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Chicago, IL 60612

We invite you to save Wednesday, March 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. for CUPPA’s second event in our CUPPA Conversations for Change series. On March 3, we will focus on Defunding the Police. In order to hear our student voices, faculty/staff are asked to participate by listening only.
UIC Professor and Head of the Criminology, Law, and Justice Department Beth Richie will guide us in exploring the issues around the Defunding the Police movement. Richie's research, including her award-winning book, "Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence and America’s Prison Nation," explores the consequences of mass policing and incarceration on African-American communities.
Following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police last May, the Defund the Police movement has argued that resources used to surveil and monitor low-income communities of color would be better spent on job training, housing, and mental health services for those who have experienced systemic racism for decades. While demonstrations around the country have sparked significant debate and action, including the city of Minneapolis taking initial steps to reduce city expenditures on policing, questions remain where the movement will go from here.
CUPPA students, faculty and staff interested in learning more about these issues, especially as they pertain to UIC and the city of Chicago, and cities elsewhere, are invited to join the conversation.
CUPPA has a long history of analyzing economic justice, neighborhood vitality, transportation and housing access, and racial disparities, and yet we also know that reform in the city and nation has been slow and incremental. Our Conversations for Change Series is designed to provide information on what CUPPA can do in its classrooms, research centers, and its connection to various community stakeholders to make good on its goals to promote just, resilient, and livable communities.
The Zoom link for this event will be emailed to our listserves prior to the event.



Date posted

Feb 17, 2021

Date updated

Feb 17, 2021