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Zach Norris, We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities
October 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Zach Norris is the Executive Director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, author of We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities, and co-founder of Restore Oakland, a community advocacy and training center that will empower Bay Area community members to transform local economic and justice systems and make a safe and secure future possible for themselves and for their families. Zach is also a co-founder of Justice for Families, a national alliance of family-driven organizations working to end our nation’s youth incarceration epidemic.
Zach helped build California’s first statewide network for families of incarcerated youth which led the effort to close five youth prisons in the state, passed legislation to enable families to stay in contact with their loved ones and defeated Prop 6—a destructive and ineffective criminal justice ballot measure.
We Keep Us Safe, released in 2020, has been praised by Forbes, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews. To purchase Zach’s book we recommend Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore Literary & Garden Arts. #WeLoveBookstores
In addition to being a Harvard graduate and NYU-educated attorney, Zach is also a graduate of the Labor Community Strategy Center’s National School for Strategic Organizing in Los Angeles, California and was a 2011 Soros Justice Fellow. He is a former board member at Witness for Peace, Just Cause Oakland and Justice for Families. Zach was a recipient of the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award in 2015, and is a member of the 2016 class of the Levi Strauss Foundation’s Pioneers of Justice.
Zach is a loving husband and dedicated father of two bright daughters, whom he is raising in his hometown of Oakland, California.
The Ella Baker Center works locally, statewide and nationally to shift resources away from prisons and punishment and towards opportunities that make our communities safe, healthy and strong. We believe that what you water grows. That’s why we mobilize everyday people to build power and prosperity in our communities. Our work includes the Decarcerate Alameda County campaign, policy work abolishing abusive practices in prisons, Night Out for Safety and Liberation and more.
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