Read and Resist is a monthly book club featuring books relevant to the Resistance. Our fourth meeting will be a discussion of "The End of Policing" by Alex Vitale. Alex will be joining us for the conversation.
We will have coffee and donuts at the book club. We are meeting at 632 Broadway (NoHo) on the 9th floor.
"This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice—even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve.
In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to reductions in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing."
The book can be purchased online at Verso or from local independent book stores, such as McNally Jackson, Book Culture, and Greenlight.
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