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UUUF Common Read

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Please join us! We will be meeting biweekly and starting the book discussion on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment by Zach Norris

“A groundbreaking new vision for public safety that overturns more than 200 years of fear-based discrimination, othering, and punishment.”

As the effects of aggressive policing and mass incarceration harm historically marginalized communities and tear families apart, how do we define safety? In a time when the most powerful institutions in the United States are embracing the repressive and racist systems that keep many communities struggling and in fear, we need to reimagine what safety means. Community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In order to truly be safe, we are going to have to dismantle our mentality of Us vs. Them. By bridging the divides and building relationships with one another, we can dedicate ourselves to strategic, smart investments—meaning resources directed toward our stability and well-being, like healthcare and housing, education and living-wage jobs. This is where real safety begins.

Originally published in hardcover as We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive CommunitiesDefund Fear is a blueprint of how to hold people accountable while still holding them in community. The result reinstates full humanity and agency for everyone who has been dehumanized and traumatized, so they can participate fully in life, in society, and in the fabric of our democracy.

Reading Requirements:
March 15, 2022: Section 1 (Chapters 1 and 2)
March 29, 2022: Section 2 (Chapter 3 and 4 )
April 12, 2022: Section 3 (Chapters 5 – 7 and the Conclusion)
In addition, UUA should be providing some additional resources for book clubs such as discussion questions, videos, etc. sometime during the first week in April.
You can purchase the book from several sites such as:
Amazon: Paperback $9.59
Amazon: Kindle $9.99


Mar 15 2022


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



Zoom meetings are online, video-conferencing meetings. It does require the installation of free software to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Link to the particular Zoom location will be found in the event description.


Kelly Buchanan
Kelly Buchanan

Other Organizers

Laura Owens
Laura Owens

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