Abolition Event Calendar

A calendar of events focused on defunding the police, abolition, developing alternatives to police, and elimination of the carceral state.

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Facilitating conversations with community and public safety officials

November 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

A joint partners alumni microgrant workshop

About this event

Facilitating conversations with community members and public safety officials, is a workshop designed to provide you with tools to lead meaningful conversations with parties in conflict around difficult topics towards action and restoration. Learn how to honor our emotions and feelings in a way that keep all parties at the table. We will explore the following conversation.

During the workshop, we will explore the following case study – Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague interview with Pastor Timothy Brewington II

Note to participants: Please fill out this pre survey if you plan to register. Thanks!

About your Host:


Shawn Sorrell

Shawn Sorrell currently serves as the Hennepin County Diversity Equity and Inclusion Department manager. Also, serving as Hennepin County Disparities Reduction Justice Domain coordinator. Current responsibilities include coordinating and overseeing county-wide strategic initiatives, develop and track metrics of progress of change and research best practices, benchmarks, and tools for summary reports and recommendations. Provides facilitation and consultation on cross-cultural effectiveness and organizational strategic planning. Formally studied chemical engineering at Drexel University, sociology and psychology at the University of Delaware and is a native of Baltimore, MD. He spent several years working with community groups and religious organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware cultivating violence prevention programs and mentoring youth from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Experienced in consultation and collaboration with public and private entities to design and implement organizational change strategies and training programs. Certified Technology of Participation Methods (ToPs) Facilitator/Trainer and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator. Community and non-profit board participation with Avenues for Youth Board of Directors Vice-President, Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) Board of Directors member, Woodbury YMCA community board President and Woodbury Public Safety Multicultural Advisory Committee member. Nexus Community Partners Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) 2020-2021 Fellow and MDHS Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council member.


Guest: Pastor Tim Brewington

Pastor Tim Brewington, Senior Pastor of Preaching & Vision Fellowship Church, is an advocate for students with special needs and for staff who support special-needs students. He previously served as a citizen representative to review the body-worn camera policy for the Department of Public Safety. Former director of corporate accounts for The Alden Group. Formally studied biology and chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana and Master of Divinity at Luther Rice College & Seminary. Community and non-profit board participation with Nexus Community Partners Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) 2019-2020, Woodbury Public Safety Multicultural Advisory Committee member, Woodbury’s Parks and Natural Resources Commission and former interim Stillwater School board member.

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