The Policing Crisis and Black Lives Matter

Presented by Verso Books

Join the editors and authors of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City. It’s a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.

JUSTIN HANSFORD is an activist, lawyer, professor, and Fullbright scholar. After his arrest during a protest in Ferguson, he accompanied the Mike Brown family to the United Nations, and he has continued to work as an advocate in support of the movement both locally and globally.

RACHEL HERZING lives in Oakland, where she fights the violence of policing and imprisonment. She is a cofounder of Critical Resistance, codirector of the StoryTelling and Organizing Project, and a 2015-2016 Soros Justice Fellow.

GEORGE LIPSITZ, Chair of the Board of Directors of the African American Policy Forum, is a professor of Black studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of many books, including How Racism Takes Place.

JORDAN T. CAMP (moderator) is a postdoctoral fellow in Race and Ethnicity and International and Public Affairs at Brown, coeditor of Policing the Planet, and author ofIncarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State.

CHRISTINA HEATHERTON (moderator) is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Trinity College, coeditor of Policing the Planet, and author of the forthcoming book, The Color Line and the Class Struggle: The Mexican Revolution, Internationalism, and the American Century.