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Fighting for System-Impacted People with Dorsey Nunn

Thursday, September 5 | 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Dorsey Nunn, author of What Kind of Bird Can’t Fly, in conversation with Chesa Boudin and Azadeh Zohrabi at the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley.

In-person event. 2921 Adeline Street Berkeley, CA. Admission is free.

Reception starts at 5:30PM followed by the panel discussion and audience Q&A. The evening concludes with a book signing by Dorsey Nunn.

Dorsey Nunn is the former executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC), and in 2003 cofounded All of Us or None (AOUON), a grassroots movement of formerly incarcerated people working on their own behalf to secure their civil and human rights. AOUON is now the policy and advocacy arm of LSPC, which Nunn led as executive director since 2011 until his retirement in 2024. Collective victories include ending indefinite solitary confinement in California, expanding access to housing and employment for formerly incarcerated people, and restoring the vote to those on parole and probation. He is the author, with Lee Romney, of What Kind of Bird Can’t Fly: A Memoir of Resilience and Resurrection, featuring a foreword from Michelle Alexander.

Chesa Boudin is the founding executive director of Berkeley’s Criminal Law & Justice Center. He served as San Francisco’s elected district attorney from 2020 until 2022. His achievements in office include a significant expansion of the office’s victim services’ division; eliminating prosecutors’ use of money bail; prosecuting police for excessive force; suing the manufacturers of ghost guns; expanding diversion to address root causes of crime; and a historic reduction in incarceration. Prior to his election Boudin clerked for two federal judges and worked for years as a deputy public defender in San Francisco. He is a graduate of Yale college and Yale law school and attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. His biological parents spent a combined 62 years in prison starting when he was a baby.

Azadeh Zohrabi is Executive Director of the Underground Scholars Program at UC Berkeley. In this role, she supports incarcerated and formerly incarcerated students with accessing higher education in the University of California system, supports other universities in developing programs to serve criminal justice impacted students, and leads the Underground Scholars Policy Fellowship teaching students to develop and advance innovative policy solutions in California based on their lived experiences. Azadeh also provides consulting services for organizations whose work is aligned with her values and coaching for emerging leaders.

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