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Criminal Justice Dialogues
The Portals Project at the Los Angeles Law Library in Summer 2017 will primarily focus on Criminal Justice Dialogues between Baltimore and Mexico City in addition to special conversations and activities to be announced.
Criminal Justice Dialogues are conversations between cities and communities around the U.S. and Mexico about how people feel about policing in their communities as part of a research study conducted by the Justice Collaboratory at Yale University. These mutual one-on-one conversations on both sides ask participants to consider the following question:
There is a great deal in the news about how police interact with people in the communities where they work. How do you feel about police in your community?
Participants are also asked to complete short, confidential survey and to consent to being videotaped as part of this study. Researchers at Yale will utilize the confidential conversations to understand common themes that emerge in them. Video files are kept on a secured server that only these principal investigators have access to and all videos are professionally transcribed. Significant measures are undertaken to protect each participants' confidentiality. The video will never be used in presentations and the transcribed and written version will exist at Yale University to help to contribute to further knowledge and record on the topic.
Read more about the dialogues here.
Special Event - Colorado Springs x Los Angeles - No Place To Go: An Audit of Public Toilets in Skid Row - Tuesday, September 12, 11am-1pm
The lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles has resulted in thousands of Skid Row residents being forced to live on its sidewalks. Without adequate public toilets to meet basic needs, Skid Row’s homeless residents suffer in the midst of a public health crisis. One would think that Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world, would exceed these minimal standards. However, this audit finds that in Skid Row, Los Angeles fails to meet even the standards for a UNHCR refugee camp. Come listen, learn or participate in this discussion with project organizers from the Skid Row Public Toilet Audit Team including community activist Suzette Shaw, Inner City Law Center's Greg Spiegel and Project 180 LA's Dorit Waldman, and more.
Special Event - Mexico City x Los Angeles - Music Connection - Thursday, September 14, 3-5pm
LA_Portal and MexicoCity_Portal will extend their weekly Justice Dialogues by 2 hours to present a music connection between Downtown L.A. and Chapultepec Park in Mexico City, timed in support of Grand Park's PST: LA/LA Launch Party and the final week of the Portal at the LA Law Library. The connection will feature Mexico City-based poet Ademar Alpuche, Mexico City-based singer Maya Jamie Burns, L.A. singer Queen B. and L.A. poet Samuel Nathaniel Johnson who connected through Portals in their respective cities this summer.