Last month, Officer Jeronimo Yanez walked free after killing a beloved community member. And just this weekend, Justine Damond was shot at pointblank range after she called for assistance. To end the cycle of fear and death, white people must rescind their support for our system of policing.
Piloted this winter, SURJ MN Beyond Policing Circles are an opportunity to explore our own relationships to the concepts of safety, authority and compliance. Directed by a pair of facilitators, small groups of five to nine participants meet for four sessions, following a curriculum designed to:
- Facilitate a deeper understanding of the history and harm of current policing models;
- Build connection between individuals who are committed to shrinking the power of police in our community
- Empower members to take action together, and offer opportunities to line up with local BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) leadership in development of community safety alternatives to policing.
There are a number of way to participate in this upcoming round of circles from mid-August through mid-September. Please fill out this form if you're interested — and we'll be in touch in coming weeks!