The Challenges and Opportunities of Police Reform

May 6, 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Join Rabbi Michael Siegel as he moderates a thoughtful and timely discussion relevant to the issues of police reform with two experts in the field:

Adam Gross is Director of Police Accountability at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a law and policy center focused on racial equity, urban poverty, and social justice. Since 2016, he has worked with the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA), a coalition of community organizations working to create a community-driven police oversight and accountability system. Adam worked with the Police Accountability Task Force and helped develop the Task Force’s key proposals for structural reform. Previously at BPI, he led efforts to craft and enact laws and policies to transform the juvenile justice system, create and preserve affordable housing, and stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods.

Desmon Yancy, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, is Director of Community Organizing with the Inner-city Muslim Action Network, a community organization that fosters health, wellness, and healing by organizing for social change, cultivating the arts, and operating a holistic health center. He has been a key advisor to the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) and the Coalition for Police Contract Accountability.  He is a longtime labor and community organizer who has trained hundreds of leaders to fight for dignity and respect in their workplaces and neighborhoods, police accountability, and racial justice. Previously, he held leadership positions at SEIU Healthcare IL/IN, Action Now Institute, and GAPA.

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