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When Cops Are Obsolete

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Campus Center 904-08 and live stream

Date & Time

Sep 15, 2021 | 6:00 pm

Contact Name

Angélica Bernal


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You’re invited to a discussion with Geo Maher, Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at Vassar College, on his new book A World Without Police: How Strong Communities Make Cops Obsolete.

A World without Police offers concrete strategies for confronting and breaking police power, as a first step toward building community alternatives that make the police obsolete. Surveying the post-protest landscape in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Oakland, as well as the people who have experimented with policing alternatives on a mass scale in Latin America, Maher details the institutions we can count on to deliver security without the disorganizing interventions of cops: neighborhood response networks, community-based restorative justice practices, democratically organized self-defense projects, and well-resourced social services.

A World without Police argues that abolition is not a distant dream or an unreachable horizon but an attainable reality. In communities around the world, we are beginning to glimpse a real, lasting justice in which we keep us safe.

This event is co-sponsored by the Departments of History; Political Science; Sociology; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Social Thought and Political Economy; and the Legal Studies program, Center for Justice Law and Societies, and Labor Center.