Author, Activist and Attorney Ritchie to Discuss Social Justice

Author, activist and attorney Andrea Ritchie will speak about the meaning of social justice as part of Allegheny College’s IDEAS Lecture Series on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall. The event, hosted by the college’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access & Social Justice (IDEAS) Center, is free and open to the public.

Her lecture will focus on collective conceptions of safety, justice and the means we devote to achieving both.

Ritchie is a police-misconduct attorney and organizer who has engaged in extensive research, writing, and advocacy around criminalization of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color over the past two decades. She helped found and coordinate the committee of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), and was lead counsel in Tikkun v. City of New York, litigation challenging unlawful searches of transgender people in police custody.

Ritchie has authored and co-authored various publications, and has been featured in the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. In 2014, she was awarded a Senior Soros Justice Fellowship to work as an advocate pertaining to profiling and policing of women of color, whether trans, queer, or neither.

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Dr. Liliana Rodriguez will close out the IDEAS Lecture Series on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Quigley Hall with a talk about equity.