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The Who We Are Project: The truth about the role of anti-Black racism in U.S. policing
Jeffery Robinson, CEO and Founder of The Who We Are Project, intends to be a central voice in correcting the narrative on our shared history of anti-Black racism in the United States. Robinson will examine the direct connection between laws on police use of force and laws and policies passed throughout history. He will address the connection between slave patrols and modern-day police departments. These kinds of connections are critical to understanding that the devaluation of Black lives today can be traced to historic examples of devaluation that continue unbroken throughout American history and especially the criminal justice system. The history Robinson imparts is not easy. It is not comfortable. But it is necessary. In the end, Robinson’s words are a call to arms. He empowers his audience to change the future, leaving them with a sense of optimism about what the United States could look like if we have the courage to change it.

Co-sponsors:
Hispanic National Bar Association

The Civil Rights Section of the Colorado Bar Association

California Lawyers Association

May 18, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Jeffery Robinson
CEO and Founder @The Who We Are Project
Jeffery Robinson is the founder of The Who We Are Project and the creator of “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” – the documentary, lecture, podcast, and more. Jeffery, a graduate of Harvard Law School, has almost four decades of experience working on criminal and racial justice issues. He has spoken nationally to diverse audiences on the role of race in the criminal justice system and the history of racism in this country. He was one of the original members of the John Adams Project and worked on the behalf of one of five men held at Guantanamo Bay charged with carrying out the 9/11 attacks. In addition to being a nationally recognized trial attorney, Jeffery is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College; is past president and life member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; a past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and an elected fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.