Library to co-sponsor Unequal Justice panel on 2/28

The timely and important topic of inequities in our criminal justice system as they relate to race and class will be the focus of a program in the Arlington Town Hall organized by the town’s Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group. The free event is on Saturday evening, February 28. All are welcome to this panel discussion and community conversation.

The goal of “Unequal Justice: Consequences of Race and Class in Our Criminal Justice System” is to provide information about the inequities of the justice system and ideas for what might be done to improve it. While on paper the law is “equal” for all races and classes, race and class are often critical factors in the actual practice of law. The event is co-sponsored by twenty-two local Arlington organizations and congregations.

scalesThe Robbins Library will also co-sponsor this program.

Panelists include Fred Ryan, Arlington Police Chief; Peniel Joseph, Tufts University civil rights historian; Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk Law School Professor specializing in race and masculinity, and Don Perry, parole reform activist. The panel will be introduced by Bonie Bagchi Williamson, Co-chair of the Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group, and moderated by David Whitford, editor-at-large for Inc. magazine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The program starts at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be available.

“We expect that the program will be an eye-opener for many people,” said Bonie Bagchi Williamson, Ph.D., Co-chair of the Diversity Task Group.

The Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group works to make Arlington a welcoming community for all who live, work or spend time in the town. For more information, contact Vision 2020 Diversity Task Group member Miriam Stein at or 781-648-0255.

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