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Divest to Save Black Lives. Invest to Heal Communities: Centering Impacted Voices to Reimagine a New Vision of Justice
August 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

Divest to Save Black Lives. Invest to Heal Communities

Join CLASP in our next series of virtual conversations focused on healing-centered liberation policy. This two-part discussion will uplift movements to divest from law enforcement and mass incarceration and invest in historically oppressed communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice uprisings require us to reimagine a justice system that prioritizes the vital lifelines needed by communities impacted by the justice system. This includes investing in jobs, education, and healing; creating education and workforce training pathways from incarceration to reentry; and eliminating the collateral consequences of incarceration.

Divest to Save Black Lives. Invest to Heal Communities: Centering Impacted Voices to Reimagine a New Vision of Justice 

The first conversation, on August 27th at 3 PM ET, will feature directly impacted leaders who have been at the forefront of demanding greater investments in their communities. We’ll hear how these leaders are building a vision for community investment that doesn’t rely on a system of oppression.

Speakers include:

  • DeAnna Hoskins, President, JustLeadershipUSA
  • Terry Green, Founder and CEO, Think Make Live Youth
  • Xochitl Bevera, Director, Racial Justice Action Center


Divest to Save Black Lives. Invest to Heal Communities: Advancing a New Vision for Justice 

The second webinar, on September 3rd at 3 pm ET, will feature advocates and practitioners who are advancing a new vision for justice through policy and systems change focused on access to employment and healing, wealth building, and eliminating the perpetual punishments of incarceration.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Sainz, Economic & Workforce Development Department, City of Los Angeles
  • Quintin Williams, Campaign Manager of Fully Free the Campaign to End Permanent Punishments, Heartland Alliance
  • Victoria Palacio, State Advocacy Coordinator, Legal Action Center/No Health=No Justice Campaign
  • Cassandra Webb, Senior Associate of Strategy and Innovation, Cities United


These online engagements are a part of CLASP’s efforts to promote an agenda focused on healing-centered liberation policy, which  advances a radical, imaginative approach to reparations that isn’t static and transactional. Instead, this approach considers a host of systematic policies that have economically persecuted and disenfranchised Black Americans, from the transatlantic slave trade to mass incarceration. Healing-centered liberation policy requires us to follow the lead of activists in communities who’ve been doing the work of organizing and building community-led infrastructure to dismantle the police state and create thriving Black and Brown communities.


August 27, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm