We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities

We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities

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Overview

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.

We Keep Us Safe is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807029701
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 13,815
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 Restore Oakland and Justice for Families, both of which focus on the power of community action. He graduated from Harvard and took his law degree from New York University. Connect with him at zachnorris.com and on Twitter (@ZachWNorris).

Table of Contents

Foreword

INTRODUCTION
Us vs. Them

PART I: THE UNSAFE WORLD

CHAPTER 1
Who and What Harms Us

CHAPTER 2
The Framework of Fear

PART II: A VISION OF SAFETY

CHAPTER 3
Addressing Harms

CHAPTER 4
Preventing Harms

PART III: REIMAGINED REALITIES

CHAPTER 5
Allen and Durrell

CHAPTER 6
Marlena and James

CHAPTER 7
Anita

CONCLUSION
We the People

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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