Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, And Punishment

February 2, 2021|
Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, And Punishment by Zach Norris
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A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment

As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments—meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.

In this book Zach Norris provides a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.
Zach Norris is the executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which creates campaigns related to civic engagement, violence prevention, juvenile justice, and police brutality, with a goal of shifting economic resources away from prisons and punishment and towards economic opportunity. He is also the cofounder of Rest...
Title:Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, And Punishment
Product dimensions:216 pages, 8.96 X 5.98 X 0.61 in
Shipping dimensions:216 pages, 8.96 X 5.98 X 0.61 in
Published:February 2, 2021
Publisher:Beacon Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780807003022

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