SURJ hosts 'White People & Defunding Police' webinar

Organizer and writer Mariame Kaba will lead a discussion on ideas around police defunding and abolition

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
Showing Up For Racial Justice is a network of groups working to end white supremacy and work toward racial justice.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) defines itself as "a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial and economic justice." These groups, including the local SURJ Columbus chapter, typically participate in Black lives matter protests and marches, and they also host community organizing and education initiatives, all with the goal of moving "white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability."

Tonight (Tuesday, April 27) at 8 p.m., the national organization is hosting a webinar titled, "White People & Defunding Police: a webinar with SURJ & Mariame Kaba." (Register here for the Zoom event; if the webinar is full, the group will also stream the discussion on Facebook.) In February, Kaba, an organizer, educator and writer, published We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice, which landed on the New York Times bestseller list.

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SURJ describes the webinar this way:

"For many of us, defunding the police is a new idea. Most white people in our lives have beliefs about policing that are shaped by our racist culture, not reality or history. How do we help more people in our lives understand what defund means and move them to a place of supporting this powerful demand? How can those of us who are new to this demand deepen our understanding of what frontline organizers are calling for?"