Every Wednesday, the Austin Justice Coalition hosts a community conversation with special guests, inviting participants to challenge their assumptions about public safety and the public good, and imagining a ‘World Without Police.’

What would public safety and crisis intervention look like? What would housing, shelter, and health services look like? How can we address legacies of trauma, abuse and assault? How can we build accountability and community? Every week special guests are invited to discuss possibilities and difficulties in creating alternatives to policing.

Previous Episodes

Episode 1: ‘What Does Defunding Look Like?’

Introduction to World Without Police, how did APD start, what can defunding look like, how do we organize?
Featuring: Nakia Winfield João Paulo Connolly, and Chas Moore

Episode 2: ‘Policing and Social Work’

For the second episode, we explore the connections between policing and social work: How do social workers reinforce the carceral police state, and how can social workers help to abolish it? What are the experiences and perspectives that social workers bring to a World Without Police?

Featuring: Nakia Winfield, MSW Rachel Manning, MSW Kerry-Ann Zamore Frazier, LCSW Becca Hyatt, LMSW

Episode 3: Housing, Homelessness, and Policing

What would the world look like without housing segregation or source of income discrimination? What would housing policy look like, if we valued human life and dignity above the sanctity of the market? For our third episode, we will discuss the many ways in housing, segregation, and homelessness overlap with ongoing police violence, as we imagine alternatives to the pattern of social exclusion and criminalization.

Featuring: Shoshana Krieger (BASTA), Matthew Mollica (ECHO), Maggie Luna(TCJC), Chris Harris (Texas Appleseed), along with Joao Paulo and Kendra, who co-lead the Housing and Community Development team at AJC.

Episode 4: ‘Trauma and Policing: An Abusive Relationship’

The first of a four part series focusing on the relationship between trauma and policing: this includes trauma for community members, those who suffer, witness, or find themselves adjacent to police violence, and trauma for those who work in the criminal legal system, including police officers and their families. We will discuss policing’s relationship to domestic and sexual violence, and the many ways in which the community sees itself trapped in an abusive relationship with our current police system.

Featuring: Amanda Lewis, from the Survivor Justice Project Phil Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University. Before becoming an academic, he worked for several years as both a police officer and social worker. Nakia Winfield, MSW Joao Paulo, AJC

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Previous Episodes

Episode 1: ‘What Does Defunding Look Like?’

Introduction to World Without Police, how did APD start, what can defunding look like, how do we organize?
Featuring: Nakia Winfield João Paulo Connolly, and Chas Moore

Episode 2: ‘Policing and Social Work’

For the second episode, we explore the connections between policing and social work: How do social workers reinforce the carceral police state, and how can social workers help to abolish it? What are the experiences and perspectives that social workers bring to a World Without Police?

Featuring: Nakia Winfield, MSW Rachel Manning, MSW Kerry-Ann Zamore Frazier, LCSW Becca Hyatt, LMSW

Episode 3: Housing, Homelessness, and Policing

What would the world look like without housing segregation or source of income discrimination? What would housing policy look like, if we valued human life and dignity above the sanctity of the market? For our third episode, we will discuss the many ways in housing, segregation, and homelessness overlap with ongoing police violence, as we imagine alternatives to the pattern of social exclusion and criminalization.

Featuring: Shoshana Krieger (BASTA), Matthew Mollica (ECHO), Maggie Luna(TCJC), Chris Harris (Texas Appleseed), along with Joao Paulo and Kendra, who co-lead the Housing and Community Development team at AJC.

Episode 4: ‘Trauma and Policing: An Abusive Relationship’

The first of a four part series focusing on the relationship between trauma and policing: this includes trauma for community members, those who suffer, witness, or find themselves adjacent to police violence, and trauma for those who work in the criminal legal system, including police officers and their families. We will discuss policing’s relationship to domestic and sexual violence, and the many ways in which the community sees itself trapped in an abusive relationship with our current police system.

Featuring: Amanda Lewis, from the Survivor Justice Project Phil Hopkins, Professor of Philosophy at Southwestern University. Before becoming an academic, he worked for several years as both a police officer and social worker. Nakia Winfield, MSW Joao Paulo, AJC

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