Smart on Safety Summit brings together nearly 450 advocates, elected officials and systems leaders from around the state to chart a bold course toward achieving real justice and safety for our communities and schools.
On Wednesday, November 4, nearly 450 advocates, elected officials and systems leaders from around the state convened in Los Angeles to focus on how to achieve safe and just communities and schools for all Californians.
The first Smart on Safety Summit was convened by the Rosenberg Foundation, along with The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Fund for Nonviolence, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, National Council of La Raza, Californians for Safety and Justice and Anti-Recidivism Coalition.
Nearly 40 speakers, including Lenore Anderson, Californians for Safety and Justice; Susan Burton, A New Way of Life; 2015 Soros Justice Fellow Eddy Zheng; and CHIRLA's Angelica Salas pointed to what's been accomplished so far in California for criminal justice reform. Speakers also outlined what's next on the agenda, including ending racialized policing, winning deep sentencing reform, and replacing mass incarceration with real community health and safety. Van Jones, #Cut50, gave the closing key note, and additional speakers were Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-South Los Angeles), and Patrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza of #BlackLivesMatter.
Read the live Twitter conversations from the day.
Read the summary from WitnessLA and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.
See photos from the day.