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BPL provides a space for discussions, debates, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, book clubs, and other programming that explores the criminal legal system and issues of racial, social, and economic justice. 

Learn more about all the programs and services available from Brooklyn Public Library's Justice Initiatives department. 

Upcoming Events

Justice Initiatives Book Club: Prison By Any Other Name by Maya Schenwar & Victoria Law

Mon, Jan 25   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

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Electronic monitoring. Locked-down drug treatment centers. House arrest. Mandated psychiatric treatment. Data-driven surveillance. Extended probation. These are some of the key alternatives held...

Holding hands

Documenting the Uprising: a Panel Discussion on Archiving and Activism

Thu, Jan 28   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Virtual

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As Black Lives Matter protestors took to the streets this summer, a proliferation of information-sharing followed, from videos and photographs, to social media posts and...

Featured Event

Justice Initiatives Book Club: Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Mon, Feb 1   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

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We've seen it before: a well-meaning, idealistic yuppie takes a job teaching poor students of color, breaks down the students' walls, and transforms their lives in a heartwarming tale.

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Justice Initiatives Book Club: Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Mon, Feb 8   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

anti-racism book club book discussion justice initiatives

We've seen it before: a well-meaning, idealistic yuppie takes a job teaching poor students of color, breaks down the students' walls, and transforms their lives in a heartwarming tale.

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Justice Initiatives Book Club: Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Mon, Feb 15   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

anti-racism book club book discussion justice initiatives

We've seen it before: a well-meaning, idealistic yuppie takes a job teaching poor students of color, breaks down the students' walls, and transforms their lives in a heartwarming tale.

...

Justice Initiatives Book Club: Reading With Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Mon, Feb 22   6:00 pm to 7:00 pm   Virtual

anti-racism book club book discussion justice initiatives

We've seen it before: a well-meaning, idealistic yuppie takes a job teaching poor students of color, breaks down the students' walls, and transforms their lives in a heartwarming tale.

...

Past Events

Know Your Rights: ICE Interaction

Tue, Jan 19   4:00 pm to 5:30 pm   Virtual

Know Your Rights Workshop: Basic Access to Health Services

Thu, Jan 14   5:00 pm to 6:30 pm   Virtual

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