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Racism and Policing Part II: Police Killings: Mentally Disabled and Black in the USAEvent Description:
EGPS Work Group for Racial Equity Discussion Group
Racism and Policing Part II: Police Killings: Mentally Disabled and Black in the USA
Monday January 18 - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 8:30-9:45 PM EST
In the second of our three-month series of Racism and Policing, we examine police killings at the intersection of race and mental illness. As awareness of the disproportionate number of police killings of Black people increasingly becomes part of the collective consciousness, it is still less widely known that there is an even greater vulnerability to police violence among Black people who also have a disabling mental or emotional condition.
Join us on the evening of the National Holiday celebrating the Birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, as we discuss our reactions to three readings. One that takes a closer look at and empirically validates this correlation, another that dives into the historical underpinnings; and one that shares personal accounts of people who have experienced life at this all too often violent and fatal intersection of a police encounter while being Black and having a diagnosis of mental disability.
We invite you into this brave space of deep listening and sharing. Building a community of solidarity in the exchange of emotional risk-taking and vulnerability.
Police killings: the price of being disabled and Black in America - By David Perry of The Guardian
Frontlines: Policing at the Nexus of Race and Mental Health - Camille A. Nelson for the Fordham Urban Law Journal
Stark Racial Bias Revealed in Police Killings of Older Mentally Ill Unarmed Black Men By Kara Manke -This is Berkeley News' summary of an article from the Annals of Epidemiology By Marilyn Thomas, MPH, Nicholas P. Jewel, PhD & Amani M. Allan, PHD, MPH
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The Work Group for Racial Equity a "drop in group" for EGPS members and not-yet members. You are invited to participate whenever you can. We meet monthly on the third Monday evening of the month to discuss relevant books, films, podcasts and articles. Further information can be found on the EGPS website at https://egps.org/work-group-racial-equity.php
Time: Monday, January 18th, 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Contact #1: Christine Schmidt
Contact #2: Rudy Lucas
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