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Reimagining Safety Documentary

February 18 at 4:00 pm-7:30 pm

Free – $50.00

Doors at 3:00, Show at 4

General Seating

This is a free event. Please RSVP for capacity. Purchasing a ticket to donate is optional, but donations are appreciated to offset our costs and to ensure we can continue offering this important work.


This event is being co-sponsored by Labor for Black Lives Coalition and The Fallser Club.

Come join us for a viewing of the award-winning documentary film, Reimagining Safety and a panel discussion led by Seth Anderson-Oberman with filmmaker Matthew Solomom and a panel of local experts.  for more information on the movie and to watch the trailer. 

Worldwide protests following the 2020 murder of George Floyd included calls to defund or abolish the police until a sharp rise in crime gave politicians and police supporters the fuel they needed to suppress the movement. Unfortunately, a detailed conversation about transforming public safety was never had. In this film (shot on iPhone), 10 experts discuss how policing and incarceration create more harm than good, why the system persists, and what changes can be made to make everyone safe. 

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, director Matthew Solomon returned to school to earn a master’s degree in Public Administration in order to better position himself to use his privilege and access to help work towards positive social change. In his MPA program, Matthew began applying the coursework regarding sustainability and workable societies to the issues of policing and incarceration. He thought this would be a step away from filmmaking, however, his academic advisors suggested he create a documentary film for his thesis project. “Reimagining Safety” is that film.

Film Interviews include:

Dr. Jody Armour – The Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California

Nikki Blak – Sociologist, anti-racism educator, and Inglewood born and raised

Sennett Devermont – “Mr. Checkpoint,” police auditor and founder of the AFTP Foundation

George Gascón – Los Angeles County District Attorney

Jose Gutierrez – Licensed social worker, therapist, and Restorative Justice practitioner

Dr. El Jones – Professor and co-author of “Defunding the Police – Planning the Way Forward for the HRM”

Hadiya Kennedy – Former detective at the Los Angeles Police Department

Hawk Newsome – Co-founder of Black Lives Matter NY and Black Opportunities

Gina Viola – former LA Mayoral candidate who ran on an abolition platform

Alex S Vitale – Professor, law enforcement expert, and author of “End of Policing”


Parking in East Falls is no problem! There is ample free on-street parking near the East Falls train station driveway at 3610 Midvale Ave and a paid municipal lot three blocks away at 4100 Ridge Ave. Midvale Ave and Ridge Ave are both well-lit!


February 18
4:00 pm-7:30 pm
Free – $50.00
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The Fallser Club
3721 Midvale Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129 United States


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