THINK AND DRINK: POLICING, COMMUNITY, PROTECTION, AND TRUST IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Join us for a fourth season of Think & Drink as we tackle policing in Maine, its intersection with race, and how our local experience connects with what we see across the rest of the United States.
How does society define criminal behavior, and who is a criminal? What do we want from our police, and how are they trained? What powers do we place in the hands of the state (police, legal system, prisons), and how do we monitor the use of those powers? Do communities suffer collateral damage from being policed, and do those who do the policing face emotional challenges of their own?
The fourth and final installment of 2017’s Think and Drink takes on the issue of psychological harm. What are the emotional challenges of policing and being policed?
Our pannelists will be: Kate Braestrup, Chaplain, Maine Warden Service and author, Jerome Bennett, Policy and Technical Assistance Coordinator, The Opportunity Alliance and Bruce King, former incarcerated person, addiction group facilitator, and founder of Incarca, which spreads awareness around issues of criminal justice reform
We have a new moderator for this year’s series: Samaa Abdurraqib, who has facilitated many a discussion for the MHC’s special audience programs (in addition to her full-time work with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence). A native of Minnesota, Samaa earned her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College for a number of years and has also been an adjunct professor at USM