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Walidah Imarisha: "Transforming Justice"

  • Wesley United Methodist Church 1385 Oakway Rd. Eugene, OR 97401 (map)

What role do prisons serve in our country, historically and currently? Is it possible to envision a world where people are safe and secure, and where there is accountability, without prisons? Walidah Imarisha will explore the intersections of criminalization, harm, race, and transformative justice. Imarisha is author of the nonfiction book, “Angels with Dirty Faces; Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption,” which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award.

Walidah Imarisha describes herself as “an historian at heart, reporter by (w)right, and rebel by reason.” Winner of a 2017 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction for Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison, and Redemption, she also has edited two anthologies, authored a poetry collection, and is currently working on an Oregon Black history book.

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