Racial and Criminal Justice Committee

Next Meeting: Thursday, November 21st, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 1301 Walnut St., Berkeley (cross street Rose)
Our committee meets  jointly with activists from several other progressive organizations that also work on issues of racial justice and criminal justice reform (including Indivisible Berkeley, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Berkeley chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and more). We focus mainly on the local level but to some extent on the state, and federal levels. These meetings are a great way to keep informed about developments, strategies, and actions in this whole arena, and you can participate further in particular campaigns and actions to the degree you choose. Newcomers are welcome.

A current major focus is on policing in Berkeley (getting a stronger Police Review Commission, addressing ongoing racial disparities), but members also are involved in the campaign to audit the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, advocacy for state criminal justice reform legislation, and various other issues.

We usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, but check this website to confirm the dates and locations. Mainly we have been meeting in private residences in North Berkeley, but we are seeking meeting places more convenient for those in Oakland/South Berkeley. If anyone has a suggestion for such a location, please pass it along.

For further info or to be added to our email list, contact Rivka Polatnick, Committee Representative.

Family of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by BART Police in 2009

Berkeley Police Review Committee