In June of 2016 Drexel University hosted a PISLAP Conference on Beloved Community. This creative gathering in Philadelphia represented a unique collaboration and a blending of efforts on behalf of the national PISLAP Community and local lawyers and community activists. The conference featured in part the work of Drexel Law’s Community Lawyering Clinic, which is housed at a university-sponsored space in West Philadelphia called the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. A write-up of the conference can be found here: http://drexel.edu/law/news/articles/overview/2016/June/BelovedCommunityConference-06072016/
PISLAP responded with a call that offered an opportunity to reflect back on the conference and to hear some of the developments that have taken place connected to the work of Drexel’s Community Lawyering Clinic since that time. It also provided participants with an opportunity to share their own stories and reflections on the opportunities and challenges of trying to engage deeply in community-building, social justice-oriented work that is truly creative and collaborative.