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Town, Gown, and Police Accountability: Civic engagement in Williamstown

Thu, February 18th, 2021
2:45 pm
- 4:15 pm

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A federal lawsuit filed this past summer against the Williamstown Police Department and Town of Williamstown, along with BLM protests in Williamstown, underscored that Berkshire County was not exempt from nationwide conversations about racial justice and police and governmental accountability. These events brought together members of the College and local residents, confirming that the College and town communities both have important stakes in forwarding equity and justice in Williamstown. In this panel, members from the Williams Record, Williamstown Racial Justice Police Reform (WRJPR), Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee (DIRE), and other community members discuss their role in furthering these conversations. Further, this panel will be an opportunity for participants and panelists to collectively answer questions such as: What can civic engagement from Williams students look like moving forward? How have different town and College actors responded to organizers’ calls for police reform, and the initial reports of WPD misconduct? What might that response look like in the coming months, with an eye toward safety, racial justice, and community wellbeing? Please be advised that there may be conversations about sexual violence, racism, and anti-Semitism.

Co-sponsored by the Williamstown Racial Justice and Police Reform (WRJPR). The theme for Claiming Williams 2021 is “From Racial Injustice to Restoration.” Throughout the day, we aim to explore the ways in which structural racial inequities, racism, and bigotry on campus and in the wider world have shaped the Williams College experience for students, faculty and staff.


This event is free and open to the public. Closed captioning provided.

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