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Conversation to Explore October 22, 2020

            

We are continuing our "Conversation to Explore" as a monthly Zoom event each fourth Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Our facilitator for October 22, 2020 is Ray. Our topic is Quakers and the "Police Question." Click HERE to see the outline of Ray's conversation. 

Ideas heard during the Conversation:

1: direct money to other agencies dealing with social concerns
 
2: redefine problem as one of public safety rather than a police problem
 
3: still keeping funds in public safety
 
4: understand and expect union resistance yet persist
 
5: other names for change process than defund ex: reimagine, reform, re-fund, transform, restructure
 
6: change interface with community: police union actively research this
 
7: multidisciplinary team in car in a  response determined at time of dispatch. make sure right people are responding to the call.
 
8: transparency of funding, allocation of funds and resources related to wealth of area, examine effectiveness of this approach
 
9: examine which crimes are actively pursued, petty, white collar, etc
 
10: education and mental health in early life and resources for mental health in later life. re-establishment of caring institutions for homeless with Mental health and substance abuse issues
 
11: changing culture > changing law, deletions and additions of law and who is scrutinized and pursued
 
12: recruitment, hiring, and training practices that work against bias rather than reinforce bias.
 
13: work on issues of economic inequality to reduce the basis for “survival” crime
 
14: implement civilian review boards!
 
15: adding consequences such as “disbarment”/ decertification to tracked database of police not meeting standards
 
16: make it Federal
 
17: develop political will for measures such as Federal tracking of decertified officers
 
18: recognize that police do function as instruments of social control rather than public safety
 
19: recognize intentional use of violence for control
 
20: attention to votes such as state Supreme Court etc
 
21: call on the police to reestablish their relationship in communities of color
 
The link for the AFSC video is https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-commentary/6-reasons-why-it’s-time-to-defund-police
 
Thank you for participating and big thanks to Ray for facilitating our conversation.

If you are interested in facilitating a future Conversation to Explore please contact Minerva via clerk@orlandoquakers.org. We do have guidelines for Conversation to Explore. If you have not facilitated in the past, Minerva will share the guidelines with first-time facilitators.