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Faculty Conference: Law Enforcement, Unionism, and Communities of Color

April 28 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm


The Murphy Institute for Worker Education & Labor Studies, CUNY, is bringing together academics, labor leaders, activists, students, and policy makers to pose crucial questions concerning the criminal justice system and the labor movement’s place and responsibility within it. Our two-day conference, Confronting the Tragedy: Law Enforcement, Unionism, and Communities of Color, is the culmination of a conversation we began last fall at a forum of the same name (videos here). These events are designed to examine the complex and interlocking dynamics of race, class, law enforcement and unionism, and thus to support the work of social justice activists, trade unionists, and policy makers to create a more just system of law enforcement.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Michael Javen Fortner, Academic Director Urban Studies, Murphy Institute, CUNY; author of Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
  • Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University; former Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Andrew Cuomo in NY; and former Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice
  • Ron DeLord, a leading police union contract negotiator in Texas; author of Law Enforcement, Police Unions, and the Future: Educating Police Management and Unions About the Challenges Ahead
  • Marie Gottschalk, Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania; author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics
  • Deborah Jacobs, Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, King County, Washington; former Executive Director for the ACLU of New Jersey
  • Lisa Miller, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University; author of The Myth of Mob Rule: Violent Crime and Democratic Politics
  • Michael Leo Owens, Associate Professor of Political Science and Religion, Emory University; co-organizer of the Atlanta Reentry Mapping Network, a research partnership among the Urban Institute, Emory University, and the Georgia Department of Corrections and Board of Pardons and Paroles
  • more speakers to be announced!


April 28 @ 8:00 am
April 29 @ 5:00 pm
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