About this event
14th October, 5.30-7pm (UK)
Join us in conversation with Zach Norris, author of We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities, as we explore safety and security in our communities and discuss the key findings of his book in a UK context.
In the book, community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. He argues that, in order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. That, by bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investment (in resources that are directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs). And that this is where real safety begins.
We Keep Us Safe is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result of which would be to reinstate full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanised and traumatised, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.
Emily Morrison – Head of the Institute for Community Studies, whose research agenda Safety in Numbers found safety to be the overwhelming number one concern for communities across the UK
Jon Alexander, Fellow at The Young Foundation and Director of New Citizenship Project
More guests to be announced…