On Tuesday, March 13, the National Lawyers’ Guild presents attorney Andrea Ritchie, speaking about the book she co-authored, Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. The event will be held at In Other Words Community Center at 14 NE Killingsworth Street, from 5:30-6:30 pm.
A Guild happy hour follows at 6:30 pm at the Florida Room, 435 N Killingsworth.
Queer (In)justice is “a groundbreaking work that turns a ‘queer eye’ on the criminal legal system. In March 2003—three decades after Stonewall—police stormed the Power Plant, a private Detroit club frequented by African American LGBT people. Over 350 people were handcuffed. Some were hit in the head and back; others were slammed into walls while being verbally abused. Their supposed crime was later chalked up to a bizarre infraction ‘loitering inside a building.’ The event illuminated a long shadow of policing in America, where discrimination and prejudice are pervasive. Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of the queer experience—as criminal defendants, prisoners, and survivors of violent crimes.”
Andrea Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, litigation, and organizing on profiling, policing, and violence by law enforcement agents against women and LGBT people of color over the past two decades. She currently coordinates Streetwise & Safe (SAS), a leadership development initiative aimed at sharing information, strategies for safety, and visions for change among LGBT youth of color. Her book, Violence Every Day: Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against Women, Girls and Transgender People of Color, will be published in 2012 by South End Press.