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We Keep Us Safe

Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities

By Zach Norris & Van Jones
Narrated by Adam Lazarre-White / 8 hours 6 minutes

A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment

As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments--meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.

We Keep Us Safe is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.

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Author &
Narrator Adam Lazarre-White
ISBN 9780807094402
Length 8 hours 6 minutes
Language English
Publisher Beacon Press
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Politics & Economy & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #686 Overall
Genre rank #46 in Politics & Economy