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ShotSpotter / acoustic surveillance community teach-in and workshop!

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As you've likely seen in local media lately, gun violence in Portland has been on the rise. In response, the City of Portland commissioned a task force to study the issue and recommend actions that city commissioners can take to address the issue and solve the problem (reduce gun violence). After several months of meetings, the Focused Intervention Team / Community Oversight Group (FIT/COG) submitted a recommendation to Mayor Ted Wheeler in favor of adopting ShotSpotter gunshot detection technology.

What is ShotSpotter, and how does it work? Are its results accurate and is the technology effective? Has it been successful in other cities that have implemented it? What are the trade-offs, and would the benefits outweigh the costs — in terms of both financial and negative impacts to the community?

Join us for a two-part event to learn more about ShotSpotter and other gunshot detection systems and forms of acoustic surveillance! Decide for yourself whether this tool might be effective in solving Portland's gun violence problem.

During the event's first half, learn from our panelists how ShotSpotter and other gunshot detection technologies work and how they've performed in other cities.

The second half of the meeting will be a workshop, where you can learn more about what happens with the FIT/COG recommendation. Ways you can provide input into whether ShotSpotter should be installed in Portland.

Bring your questions, and come learn how you can make your voice heard on this issue!

Please RSVP via this Meetup page or by sending an email to [email protected].

Speaker bios:

Aje Amaechi (aka Je) (she/they) is a first-generation Jamaican-American born from Immigrant parents and raised in New Jersey. She has an educational background in the Philosophy of Mind and Critical Race Theory. As a student at Florida State University, she became involved with organizing for farmworker rights, environmental justice, and other causes related to Black and indigenous self-determination. Je currently works at Freedom to Thrive, an organization devoted to abolishing the punishment-based carceral systems through transformative organizing, strategic partnerships and convening shared learning spaces. Her work centers around combating crimmigration– the intersection of criminal justice and immigration enforcement– using a Pro Black, gender-affirming lens.

Sarah T. Hamid (she / her / no preference) leads the policing technology campaign at the Carceral Tech Resistance Network, an archiving and knowledge-sharing network for organizers building community defense against the design, roll-out, and experimentation of carceral technologies. Sarah co-founded the inside/outside research collaboration, the Prison Tech Research Group, sits on the board of the Lucy Parsons Lab in Chicago, and helped create the #8toAbolitioncampaign: a police and prison abolition resource built during the 2020 uprisings against state violence. Follow her work on Twitter at @tsnvaa.

Lia Holland (she/they) is a social artist, writer, and activist in Portland, OR, USA. She currently serves as Director of Campaigns and Communications at national digital rights organization Fight for the Future.

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