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Uprooting Racism Speaker Series: Conor Dwyer Reynolds, Rochester PAB
January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PSTFree
About this event
Please join Uprooting Racism and the Rochester Zen Center for this free community event welcoming Conor Dwyer Reynolds, Executive Director of the Police Accountability Board, as our next speaker in the Uprooting Racism Speaker Series.
Who is invited?
All are welcome, RZC members and non-members, Buddhist and non-Buddhist, local and non-local to Rochester, friends, family, and the curious alike.
How do I get the Zoom meeting information?
Please register for a free “ticket” to receive access to the Zoom meeting information in your email inbox.
Conor Dwyer Reynolds is a Rochester native and graduate of the University of Rochester and Yale Law School. Conor worked for President Obama at the White House and on the Obama-Biden campaign. In his legal career, Conor has sued banks to protect homeowners from foreclosure, served as a law clerk to the Hon. Carlton W. Reeves, and ran Yale’s Environmental Protection Clinic. During his time at the Clinic, Conor led a project to address the racist legacy of racially restrictive covenants in Monroe County.
About the Police Accountability Board (PAB)
In 2017, Rochester voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot referendum to create a city-specific entity with the task of evaluating community reports of excessive police violence and, where appropriate, enabling disciplinary action of offending officers. Today’s PAB has grown from that seed.
From the PAB’s own website: “Our mission and vision are the driving forces that guide everything PAB does. Our mission, set by an overwhelming majority of Rochester’s voters, is to “ensure public accountability and transparency over the powers exercised by sworn officers of the Rochester Police Department.” Our vision, set by the community members who serve on our Board, is to reimagine public safety.”
Who are the PAB board members?
The Police Accountability Board is run by nine unpaid, volunteer Board Members. The Board’s role is to oversee the agency’s operations, set the agency’s priorities, and serve on panels during the Board’s investigatory process.
One Board Member is appointed by the Mayor. One Board Member is appointed by City Council for each of the four City Districts (East, Northeast, Northwest, and South). The remaining four Board Members are selected by the PAB Alliance (to which the Rochester Zen Center sends representatives), a coalition of community members who helped create and continue to sustain our work.
Our most recent Uprooting Racism speaker, Rabbi Drorah Setel, is also among the members of the PAB.
The law requires PAB Board Members to be city residents who “reflect the City’s diverse community.” No Board Member (or their family members) can have ever worked for RPD or represented someone suing RPD. Board Members generally serve three year terms, though some members are serving out shorter preliminary terms.
What is Uprooting Racism?
Uprooting Racism is a Sangha Programs Office group at the Rochester Zen Center, focused on antiracist work and practice. We offer a variety of events and activities year-round to keep the conversation about race, racism, whiteness, and white supremacy active within our community.
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