USHRN at Left Forum May 31 - June 1, 2014

Sat May 31, 2014 - 4:00am EDT to Sun Jun 1, 2014 - 4:00am EDT
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
524 W. 59th St (Between 10th and 11th)
New York, NY 10019
United States

Stepping up Organizing for Human Rights Accountability in the United States

2014 is an opportune year for human rights organizing in the United States. In the span of one year, U.S. justice advocates will have a unique opportunity to leverage four different international processes to help expose human rights violations in the U.S., and thereby build our collective power to hold government accountable for ensuring and protecting human rights. This interactive workshop will share strategies, tactics, and success stories from the ground on how groups are using these international processes and standards to advance a human rights accountability agenda and grow a people-centered human rights movement in the U.S. By advocating for the human rights standards and norms that are universally accepted by the global community, we not only challenge the notion of U.S. exceptionalism, but also promote the full realization of human rights for all people living in the U.S. and its territories.

When: Sunday, June 1st @ 3:40 - 5:40pm

Where: Room 1.85 (session 7)

SpeakersEjim Dike, US Human Rights Network; Joshua Cooper, Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights; Jamil Dakwar, ACLU; Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center for Self Determination

From the Streets to UN Suites & Treaty Reviews to Free COINTELPRO/ Civil Rights Era Human Rights Defenders

In this workshop, panelists will discuss lessons learned from Stop “Stop and Frisk,” Political Prisoner cases, Russell Maroon Shoatz’s release from 22 years of solitary confinement, and Herman Wallace and “civil rights era” prisoners referenced by the UN Human Rights Committee. Using these cases as models, participants will devise strategies for public education, plans for upcoming USA reviews under ICERD and CAT for the benefit of imprisoned COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era human rights defenders and political prisoners. The demands are: end solitary confinement; create federal and state Truth and Reconciliation Commissions to examine and resolve all matters related to COINTELPRO/Civil Rights Era; and extend a full invitation to the UN Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, for an unimpeded inspection of U.S. jails, prisons, and detention centers.
When: Saturday, May 31st @ 12:00 - 1:50pm
Where: Room 1.91(session 2)
Speakers:Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center for Self Determination; Theresa Shoatz, Russell Maroon Shoatz Defense Committee; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party; Sunita Patel, Center for Constitutional Rights
Bret Grote, Abolitionist Law Center
Sponsored by: 
CUNY Graduate Center
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