Are you affiliated with a faith community? Would you be interested in inviting community members to think with you about your relationship to policing and the ways it upholds white supremacy?
SURJ - Faith is launching a new national campaign called “Invitation to Prophetic Imagination: Community Safety for All.” Through training calls and a resource guide, you will be invited to take to your faith community a conversation about the history of policing, the ways it supports white supremacy, and possible alternatives to policing that we can start investing in.
Because of the deep ways that Christian supremacy and white supremacy are intertwined, the first phase of the campaign will focus on predominantly white Christian churches, culminating in an opportunity for churches to make public commitments during Holy Week. Then, in the Spring, the campaign will expand to include Jewish, UU, and Buddhist communities. If you are interested in being a part of this work, contact Nichola Torbett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's information on the Training Calls:
On Monday, December 4, 5 - 7 pm PT, there will be a Zoom call/webinar, the first in a series of training calls for SURJ-Faith’s campaign to imagine and invest in community alternatives to police. It will be led by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training. Crossroads will introduce a power analysis process that builds on the work of queer Chicana activist Gloria Anzaldua.
Using a framework called “Center/Borderlands,” participants will explore the ways in which U.S. society is organized to support and legitimize white supremacist culture, which classifies whiteness (in both obvious and hidden ways) as “normal, moral, good, and innocent.” This arrangement of power establishes the rules by which all people and ways of life are measured, resulting in white supremacist culture at the “center” and oppressed groups -- particularly people of color -- in the “borderlands.” Where one “lives” in this system is also impacted by other socially-constructed identities such as class, gender, sexuality, age, and ability.
The webinar will also explore the specific ways in which institutions maintain the Center/Borderlands power arrangement in U.S. society, including the ways that policing, the logics of policing, and ideas of law and order in the U.S. not only benefit white people but also protect the interests of white society.
All the following training calls are also open to the public and will be held at the same time:
- December 18 (History of Policing)
- January 8, 16 (Topic TBD)
- February 19 (Topic TBD)
- March 5 (Topic TBD)