21st Century America:
The Re-Emergence of Hate Crimes
Concord Prison Outreach invites you to our Spring Community Discussion series
Location: Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord, MA and via Zoom livestream
Main Speaker: Sam Williams, Executive Director, Concord Prison Outreach
Guest Speaker: Jack McDevitt, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
This series will be offered both in-person and via Zoom.
Please RSVP for the event below:
Register for the in-person event here.
Register for the Zoom livestream here.
Over the last two decades, Americans have witnessed a wide array of social behaviors, perceptions, and attitudes that have caused great harm to our society. The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates the number of active hate groups has jumped from 784 to 892, based on information gathered from hate group publications, citizen reports, enforcement agencies, field sources, web posting, and news reports. Where is this new wave of hate coming from in America? Is hate a human biological condition or is it being driven by industrialization and epigenetics?
This five-week series will examine the intersections between social science data, cultural attitudes and beliefs, regionalism, policymaking, and health focus interventions. Using a trauma-informed format, we intend to apply Restorative Justice principles and practices, breath work, storytelling, and active listening skills to explore, understand, and develop practical solutions to identify hate motivated crimes in our community.
Sponsored by: Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord, MA, Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council, Sudbury Cultural Council, Concord Cultural Council, and Northeastern University’s Center on Crime, Race, and Justice.
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Weekly Discussion Themes:
- February 27, 2023: Hate Crimes in the 21st Century: Featuring National Hate Crime Expert, Dr. Jack McDevitt
- March 6, 2023: Who’s Really Counting?: National Inconsistencies in Data Collection
- March 13, 2023: Sharing Your Story: It Happened to Me Too
- March 20, 2023: Whose Heritage?: Building, Monuments, and Roadways
- March 27, 2023: Moving Beyond Hate: Restorative Action Planning