ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2013: Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Carol Anderson to address USHRN Biannual Conference 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Saturday, December 7


In the seminal work Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955, Dr. Carol Anderson asks us to challenge ourselves and reflect on why racial discrimination and inequality persist today, given the courageous acts and sacrifice of the martyrs and activists of the Civil Rights Movement. She points us to the struggle for human rights in the U.S., which demands that all rights be protected and fulfilled so that all can seek justice and live with dignity.  An associate professor of African American Studies and History at Emory University, Dr. Anderson also serves as curator for the "And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Fight for Social Change" exhibit at the University, which documents the Atlanta-based civil rights organization's history, progress and continual work for equal rights. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative. For those of us who have been fortunate enough to hear Dr. Anderson speak, we know that she will leave listeners empowered with new knowledge and inspired to act on it towards courageous human rights movement building.


Mr. Glenn E. Martin to address USHRN Biannual Conference 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Sunday, December 8

“The Supreme Court has ruled that Stop and Frisk should be used like a surgeon's scalpel, not wielded like a blunt axe.  However, our criminal justice system has evolved into a juggernaut that operates at full throttle, causing irreparable damage to individual lives, families and communities in its wake.” Glenn E. Martin

A fearless advocate for the marginalized and disenfranchised, Glenn E. Martin works for policy reforms to decrease U.S. overreliance on incarceration. Mr. Martin is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy at The Fortune Society, where he leads the agency’s communications work and advances Fortune’s national and local criminal justice policy advocacy agenda. Mr. Martin is founder of JustLeadershipUSA and co-founder of the Education Inside Out Coalition (EIO Coalition).  He serves on numerous boards and advisory groups including the NYC Council Task Force to End Gun Violence and the National Network for Safe Communities.  Mr. Martin hosts Fortune’s local cable television show Both Sides of the Bars and often serves as a criminal justice policy reform expert on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and local media outlets. Mr. Martin challenges us to demand unapologetically options other than jail and to demand dignity and justice for all in the U.S. Follow Mr. Martin on Twitter @glennEmartin.  We are honored to have Glenn E. Martin address the national conference.


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