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Summer of Justice Discussion Series

 The Center for Justice and Law at Hamline University is pleased to announce the “Summer of Justice,” a series of three discussion-based sessions centered on issues of race, criminal justice, and equity in society today. Each session offers participants a chance to learn more about the topic and to contribute ideas for actions we can take moving forward.

Each event will take place on the Hamline University campus from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on the dates indicated below. These events are free, but please be sure to register as seating is limited. Please note that each session has its own registration link. You must register for each session you wish to attend.

Tuesday, June 27: “Black Lives Matter”: Race, Resistance, and Hope
Our first session centered on #BlackLivesMatter–a movement that has emerged in recent years committed to resisting, unveiling, and undoing histories of state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodies. In this session, participants explored how this movement builds on older movements within the United States. Guests discussed the lessons learned from Ferguson, Flint, and beyond, as well as the ethics of disruptive protest, the policy demands of BLM, etc.

Tuesday, July 25: Mass Incarceration
This session focused on the prison industrial complex and its detrimental impact on communities of color. Attendees discussed how police, criminal courts, and the jail and prison systems work together to facilitate mass incarceration in this country. The group conceptualized public policy changes and community actions that can begin to reform or dismantle these broken institutions.

Participants were encouraged to view Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th prior to that evening. The Center for Justice and Law will also showed the film at 5 p.m. prior to that evening’s discussion. For those who want to learn about this topic, but were unable to attend the event, the documentary is available on Netflix.

Tuesday, August 22: The School-to-Prison Pipeline and How Schools Can Prevent It
The final session focuses on the school to prison pipeline and how schools can work to prevent it. Guests will first explore how exclusionary school disciplinary actions–such as the zero tolerance policy–and the damaging impact of principals/teachers who are underprepared in critical/culturally responsive pedagogy contribute toward the downward trajectory of students. Attendees will then examine what K-12 schools can do to dismantle the pipeline. The event highlights how a strong community ethos, strategic programming, carefully selected and trained school staff, wrap-around services, and a flexible learning environment help students succeed in school and become productive members of society. Click here to register.

Additional Details
There is no parking enforcement on campus during the summer. The campus lot closest to West Hall is between Englewood Avenue and Hewitt Avenue, entering from Pascal Street North. There are several disability permit parking spaces in that lot as well. For those who prefer, parking for $1.00/hour is also available in the Anderson Center ramp at Snelling Avenue and Englewood Avenue.

Questions? Please contact us at cjl@hamline.edu. We’ll respond as quickly as possible, but know that there may be a slight delay due to our summer schedule.