MONTCLAIR, NJ - A local advocacy group is seeking ways to tackle tough issues of policing and mass incarceration. They are inviting the public to participate and provide input.

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair, this Thursday, the public is invited to join the conversation where leaders from the Montclair and national advocacy community are slated to speak to their own direct experience of radicalized and abusive policing. During the discussion, organizers will present findings from the Use of Force Report and will attempt to brainstorm possible solutions.  

This program, developed by the Prophetic Assembly on Policing in Essex County, will work in collaboration with Salvation and Social Justice committee.  The Prophetic Assembly on Policing envisions a strategy for Essex County, to decarcerate our community, establish community led first response, harm reduction, and restorative justice solutions, not just in Montclair, but Essex County, as well.

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According to organizers, this gathering will bring together advocates from  across our county, representing organizations, non profits, and efforts dedicated to racial justice, the  elimination of radicalized and abusive policing and  the school to prison pipeline, community minded  mental health solutions, restorative justice and the  intersection of racial and economic justice.  

Breakout sessions will attempt to pursue answers to the following questions:  

• What is broken and how is it broken? 

• If not the police then what? What takes the place  of the police and in what way? 

• What is the strength (vision, strategy, programs,  training) that your organization or others could  bring?  


At this gathering attendees will have the opportunity to add their voice to the vision for the Montclair community. 

7pm, Thursday Dec. 3rd
Meeting ID: 880 5243 3623


For more information, contact Rev. Anya Sammler-Michael at