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About the Event

While it’s clear that police reform is necessary, the question that many are asking in light of George Floyd’s murder and the ensuing Black Lives Matter protests is, “How?”

Proposals for police reform range from increasing spending, education, training, and equipment (like broader adoption of body-cameras) for police to abolishing police as we know it and replacing with an increased focus on community services. And the spectrum in between is broad and complex. So again—what do we do, and how do we implement changes?

This discussion covered questions about police reform, as part of the Reimagining Systems Series.

About the Panelists

  • Malik Neal, Director of the Philadelphia Bail Fund, Inc.
  • Derecka Purnell, JD,  human rights lawyer, writer, and organizer; columnist at The Guardian
  • Wilfred Reilly, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Sciences, School of Government, Policy and Justice Studies, Kentucky State University
  • Maurice Richards, EdD, former Police Chief of Martinsburg, West Virginia


About the "Reimagining Systems Series"

Every time we turn on the news, it seems like another tragedy confronts us and leaves us to reconcile with deep, provocative, and often painful questions about our world and our society.

From how communities are policed to who does and doesn’t have access to healthcare; from whether our politicians are serving the people or serving themselves to how we should educate children in the midst of pandemic without causing more harm than good—our institutions are facing increasing pressure and it can sometimes feel like there are no common goals for how to fix the problems that plague us.

The reality is, there are many people grappling with these issues and trying to figure out ways to reform or renew these systems. There are people with a diversity of opinions on what is and is not working now, who are thinking about what we need for these systems to work in the future, and who are actively working both from the outside of and from within policing, education, politics, and healthcare.

Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia for the Reimagining Systems Series, a four-part webinar series that will touch on these questions and introduce experts in these fields who will inspire attendees to think more broadly and deeply about the issues, and how we might create a world that serves the greater good.