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Dorothy Roberts, author of TORN APART will read and discuss her new book with a panel

Saturday, April 16, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Revolution Books
Location Details:
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704 - this event is online

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NYC Debut Event for her new book "TORN APART:How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families-- and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World" 

Co-Hosted by Revolution Books NYC and Rise

Reading and Presentation by author & law scholar Dorothy Roberts
Panel Discussion, Audience Q&A
Co-Hosted by Revolution Books and Rise
RSVP today via Eventbrite to attend virtually

Halimah Washington, Rise Community Coordinator, and Imani Worthy, Rise Public Speaking Coordinator, will share their thoughts as parents impacted by family policing and as abolitionist organizers whose reflections are included in the new book. Carl Dix, long-time revolutionary and follower of Bob Avakian will bring a revolutionary perspective to this important discussion.

Many believe the child welfare system protects children from abuse. But as legal scholar and sociologist Dorothy Roberts reveals, this system is designed to punish Black families. Child protection investigations put Black families under intense state surveillance and regulation. Black children are disproportionately torn from their families and placed in foster care, driving many to juvenile detention and imprisonment.

"[Dorothy Roberts'] new book on America's punitive child welfare system is a bold and critically important reimagining of how to better protect children. Her thesis on how the legacy of slavery and carceral systems have impacted Black families is rooted in decades of rigorous examination, research, and reflection. This is a compelling, thoughtful, and urgent work."―Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy

Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of four books, including the ground-breaking Killing the Black Body.

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This event is co-sponsored by the Revolution Books Educational Fund (a 501(c)3 registered in the State of New York) and RISE (an advocacy organization fighting for family justice and well being).
Event date:
Saturday, April 16, 2022 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Event address:
2444 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704-1611
Added to the calendar on Fri, Apr 15, 2022 9:45AM
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