Western Institute for Social Research

A Premier Academic Institute for Social Change
Since 1975

2930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300, Berkeley, CA 94705

(510) 655-2830 

Saturday, June 27, 2020 


Organized by Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty

Sevgi Fernandez, WISR Alum, Founder & President of Together We Stand 

Richard Lawrence, MDiv, author of  Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man's Battles Against Racism in America

Monica Scott-Davis, LMFT, WISR Alum, Behavioral Health Clinician at Roots Clinic, Oakland & Private Practice in Berkeley, CA

Racist policing has a long history in the United States.  From slave patrols to Jim Crow Laws and in present time with what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow” there has been a long lineage of violence, harassment, harm and killing of Black and Brown people. Recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks by police and the lynchings like those of Ahmed Aubery, Robert Fuller, and black and trans women Raia Milton, Dominique Rem’mie Fells and many others have spurred a call to action. These killings add to the long list of African American people who have been killed by police officers and other lynching type of killings.  We can not sit back and stay blinded to these injustices.  There are currently protests and demonstrations of different forms happening around the country as well as around the world.  The time for change has come.  

This seminar is a panel discussion on the subject of Racist Policing and how we can create change.  Therapists and Educators have a particular responsibility to address and dismantle racism.  Racist Policing along with systemic forms of racism is particularly traumatic for black people.  As therapists and educators we have a duty to help change and dismantle the traumatic, humiliating systems that deny black and brown people of their dignity and humanity. Panelists will discuss their work, world and lived experience related to this subject.  

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link;
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