A Santa Monica Police Department squad car leaves the Public Safety Facility on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@www.smdp.com)

The July 10 Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) workshop will have a report from the Santa Monica based Coalition for Police Reform (CPR has members from CRJ, NAACP, and the Unitarian church in Santa Monica).

The presentation will include a 16-minute video that has excerpts from interviews done by the coalition with local residents who are discussing some of their experiences with Santa Monica police officers. This video addresses some of the coalition’s concerns about questions of racial profiling and use of excessive force that our communities of color experience. Members of CPR will lead a discussion about the issues raised in the video.

In addition, Nana Gyamfi (social justice attorney, human rights activist, radio show host, and professor at Cal State LA) will argue that the present criminal justice system must be abolished and replaced with something qualitatively different.

Join organizers for an informative and interesting evening. This is part of an ongoing monthly workshop series sponsored by the Committee For Racial Justice. Co-sponsored by Virginia Ave. Park; the African American Parent, Staff, Student Support Group; and the Church in Ocean Park. For more information, call 310-422-5431.

The free workshop will be Sunday, July 10 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.  (potluck supper at 6 and program at 6:30 p.m.) at Virginia Avenue Park Thelma Terry Building, 2200 Virginia Ave.

—Submitted by Joanne Berlin