Panel: 'Resisting Police Violence in Springfield and Beyond'
October 26, 2016
The History Department's Feinberg Family Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Resisting Police Violence in Springfield and Beyond: Mothers, Scholars, and Queer People of Color Speak Out,” an evening of conversation with local and national voices:
Kissa Owens is the mother of Delano Walker, a Springfield teen struck and killed in traffic during a confrontation with police in 2009.
ShaeShae Quest is a member of BLM413 and a community organizer with Out Now.
Andrea Ritchie is a black lesbian police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, litigation, organizing and advocacy around policing of women and LGBT people of color over the past two decades. Ritchie is a Soros Justice Fellow and co-author of “Say Her Name, Roadmap for Change and Queer (In)Justice.”
Rhonda Williams is a Cleveland-based scholar-activist; author of “Concrete Demands: The Search for Black Power in the 20th Century” and the award-winning “The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequity;” founder and director of the Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University; and as one of the “Cleveland 8,” a voice for justice in the Tamir Rice case.
Maria Ververis is a resident of Middletown, Conn., and mother of Michael Ververis, who reached a settlement with the Springfield Police Department regarding allegations that he was beaten and choked by police in 2011 and then falsely arrested in an attempt to cover up the police violence.
Co-sponsored by OutNow, Arise for Social Justice, Project Operation Change, and the Springfield Technical and Community College (STCC) School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
There will be free bus transportation from UMass Amherst and Mount Holyoke College to the event venue. Sign up here to save a seat on the bus: https://goo.gl/forms/5v0nGtL4FNMFyYDr2
Young people of all ages are welcome. There will be a kids play area with crayons in the lecture hall. Stipends are available to support transportation for bringing groups of young adults to this event and other Feinberg Series events. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.