In My Neighborhood: First-Hand Stories of Police Interactions
Johnny Perez '16, a St. Francis College student and prison re-entry counselor organized the panel, In my Neighborhood… First-Hand Stories of Police Interactions, on October 6, 2015 featuring; Damien Stapleton (Harlem-based community activist), Marlon Peterson (2015 Soros Justice Fellow + activist against gun violence), and Pastor Terence Brunson (Clergy, Police, & Community in Unity Movement).
Johnny Perez organized this panel to discuss police-community interactions from the perspectives of community activists and the justice-involved. Johnny is a mental health advocate at The Urban Justice Center, a member of the Jails Action Coalition, the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC), the New York Reentry Education Network, and the Bar Association’s Correction and Reentry Committee.
Drawing on his 13 years of direct involvement with the criminal justice system, Johnny has testified at the NY Advisory Committee to the US Civil Rights; spoken at Cornell Law, Fordham, Amnesty International, Princeton, the United Nations, and The American Justice Summit; appeared on Al-Jazeera, in a documentary about solitary confinement and NY1; and received the Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Award for his essay on the transformative power of education.
The event was sponsored by the Senior Citizen Lecture Series, the Center for Crime & Popular Culture, the Institute for Peace & Justice and co-coordinated by St. Francis Professors Nickie Phillips & Emily Horowitz.