Jul 282015

Woman ProtestingAugust 2015 Coalition Power Breakfast

Breakfast Notice:

Please join the COAL membership at our next Coalition Power Breakfast on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 8:30am – 11:00am (program begins @ 9:30am).

The focus of this Breakfast is an examination of the history of law enforcement vis a vis people of color; charging police with crimes for violence against citizens; police accountability systems; and the central importance of relationships between police and those they serve.

We are at a critical juncture in time, where thoughtful, insightful, and unfettered, but mature perspectives are a must-needed component of our community’s dialogue, call for actions and the overarching need for real change.

COAL is honored to host Professor David Harris, Distinguished Faculty Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, as our guest speaker.


SHORT BIO: Professor Harris is the leading national authority on racial profiling. Professor Harris’s first law journal articles about profiling became the basis for the Traffic Stops Statistics Act of 1997, introduced in Congress by Rep. John Conyers. The Act was the first legislative proposal in the nation to attempt to address profiling. His 2002 book, Profiles in Injustice: Why Racial Profiling Cannot Work and his research on profiling led to reform efforts by the federal government, by more than half the states, and by hundreds of police departments. He has testified numerous times in the U.S. Congress and before many state legislative bodies on profiling and related issues. His other books include Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing (2005) and Failed Evidence: Why Law Enforcement Resists Science (2012).

In the wake of events in Ferguson, MO, and elsewhere, Professor Harris has had the opportunity to work with police departments, governments, and citizens groups in Pittsburgh and around the country on police/community relations, body cameras for police, police accountability, and racial profiling.

Please join us on for a  very informative Breakfast.

Please forward this notice to your respective organization(s). Should your organization or you have questions for the Q&A portion of the program, in advance, please submit questions to COAL Public Policy at publicpolicy@coalchicago.com.

We also look forward to you working with us, on actionable plans to address issues that align with COAL’s mission and drives towards improving the quality of opportunity, quality of preparedness and overall quality of outcomes (expressed as ‘quality of life’) for our community. If you wish to join one of our planning and action committees, please go to Committee-Signup and join.


COAL Public Policy

Breakfast Recap: pending

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