The Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program at Howard University School of Law recently hosted a virtual discussion entitled “Defunding the Police: What Does It Mean?” The forum examined the intersection between police reform and workers’ rights. Discussion included the movement to defund the police, how it works, whether or not it can be achieved, and its potential impact on collective bargaining and the labor movement.
Moderated by Howard Law Dean and Professor of Law Danielle Holley-Walker, panelists included: Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks; Basil Smikle Jr., Ph.D., lecturer at Columbia University, political commentator and policy strategist; Capt. Sonia Y.W. Pruit, Montgomery County Police Department and chairwoman of the National Black Police Association; Prof. Marcus Board Jr., political theorist and assistant professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University; DeRay McKesson, civil rights activist and co-founder of Campaign Zero; and Gino Renne, president, UFCW Local 1994, and international vice president of United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.