The UUA 2022 Common Read: Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris Book Discussion.
May 31st 7:00-8:30 pm
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Zach Norris shifts the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In Defund Fear, Norris explores what has gone wrong, and why, and who has been most impacted by repressive and racist policing systems. He offers a new blueprint for public safety that holds people accountable while still holding them in community.
As Unitarian Universalists, the matters raised in Defund Fear invite us to respond to public safety in the U.S. today through a lens of faith; urging us to grapple theologically with big, tough questions about who we are and the meaning and purposes of our lives.
Norris illuminates and examines society’s “punish first” public safety practices, in part, by exposing the traumatic and dehumanizing experiences of individuals who have shared them for the sole purpose of opening minds and hearts to bring change. Our values call us to approach this book with humility toward these stories and appreciation of the tellers’ generosity and purpose. Everyone has a place in the stories Norris offers. Bring self-awareness of your place in your community and the world to seek your role in the stories and in the challenges they call forth.