New Models for Social Justice: Police Reform A Community Conversation


Event Date: 
July 20, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Event Location: 
Livestream on LWVPiedmont Youtube Channel
United States
Oakland residents will be interested in this Community Conversation focusing on Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO). Join the Leagues of Oakland and Piedmont to learn about this program for which the 2020-21 Oakland city budget provides an additional $1.85 million.

The Community Conversation entitled "Part 2, New Models for Social Justice: Police Reform" will feature Anne Janks, Organizer at the Coalition for Police Accountability. Anne Janks will share the proposed Oakland pilot program which would respond to some 911 calls with a counselor and an EMT, instead of armed police. This program does not involve abolishing the police department but is a new model that re-imagines public safety.  

Ms. Janks’ talk will be live-streamed on YouTube from 4-5 pm on Monday, July 20, 2020.  She will speak or the first half of the program, followed by Q & A moderated by Lorrel Plimier, President of LWVP. Participants may submit questions through the YouTube live stream comments, or email to lwvpiedmont [at]

lwvpiedmont [at] (.)

 For more information, visit This community conversation is free and open to the public.  For the Zoom or Facebook livestream link, see here!
 Anne Janks has worked as a union organizer with diverse workers under varied labor laws and some
 with no right to unionize. She has lived in Oakland for 25 years. Her background includes workers' rights
 education, legislative campaigns, fundraising, website development, and social media advocacy. She began   volunteering with the Coalition for Police Accountability in 2016 during the campaign for a ballot measure to create an independent community body to oversee the Oakland Police Department.  The resulting Oakland Police Commission is the strongest independent oversight body in the country, with authority to write policy, independently investigate and discipline officers, and fire the police chief. Despite ongoing disputes over their mandated independence and resources, the commission has drafted new policy protecting residents from disparate stops and limited OPD access to military equipment, fired officers who killed a sleeping homeless man, and fired the police chief.
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