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Men’s Class Program: Crime, COVID, Race, and Poverty

September 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

This Riverside’s Men’s Class program examines the root causes of violent crimes and explore possible solutions. The program will also deliberate on the intersection between crime, poverty, and COVID, and the racial disparity in the administration of justice.

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Invited Speakers/Presenters:

NYPD Detective Felicia Richards, President, NYPD Guardian Association, Nationally-known police trainer on mental health, Crime Officer and Youth Coordinator, NYPD Area 2
Many of you may remember her as the public voice of dissent on behalf of her organization against NYPD Fraternal Order’s endorsement of Donald Trump.

Professor Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and Social Justice, Chair of the Sociology Department of Columbia University and Co-Director of the Columbia University Crime Lab
His research has examined the causes, scope, and consequences of the historic growth in U.S. prison populations. He is the author of “Punishment and Inequality in America” (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). Quotable quote: “Fundamental reform must grapple directly with the social conditions in which mass incarceration emerged.”

Kanu Iheukumere, Director of Programs, Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI), Chicago. MPI is sponsored by non-profit organizations fighting crime in Chicago. Kanu works with various organizations, politicians, State Department, and conducts gang intervention in his efforts to reduce violent crimes.

Professor Alex Vitale, Professor of sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College. He has been an activist and worked with San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness.

Chicago University Crime Lab: One of the professors will be joining us from this highly regarded crime think-tank and research lab.

NYC Mayor’s Office on Neighborhood Safety: We are expecting a representative according to exchanges with the director.

We are also working to bring a minister to join the above lineup

Tentative Program:

4:05 pm: Program opens with a prayer and keynote address by our Interim Senior Minister, Rev. Michael Livingston
4:10 pm: Welcome address by the President, Men’s Class, Mr. Tunde Aboyade-Cole
4:15 pm: Introduction of the invited guests/speakers
4:20 pm: Each speaker is invited to give a brief speech/presentation addressing the topic – 7 minutes each
5:00 pm: Conversation
5:30 pm: Q&A and take-aways
6:00 pm: Prayer/Vote of Thanks


September 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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