April 21: Special Free Screening of “Documented” in Seattle
Monday, Apr. 21, 2014
6:30 PM, Siff Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Avenue North, Seattle, WA
Q&A with Jose Antonio Vargas and Eric Liu after the film
Tickets are FREE, but please RSVP online here.
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. A broken immigration system leads to broken families and broken lives.
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April 23: Webinar on Using Human Rights to Advance Racial Justice: An Introduction to the Race Treaty
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
Join the U.S. Human Rights Network’s CERD Taskforce for an introductory webinar on the “Race Treaty,” also known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and the upcoming review of the U.S. Government by the U.N. CERD Committee (PRRAC is a member of the USHRN CERD Task Force). The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT.
Click here to register.
April 23: An Evening with Rwanda: “Finding Hillywood” Film Screening & More
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Ethnic Cultural Center Theater (3940 Brooklyn Ave NE)
Join us for an inspiring and informative film event and discussion to explore Rwanda’s history of transitional justice and healing since the 1994 genocide.
The program includes:
Transitional Justice in Rwanda: A short film by Rwandan youth about transitional justice in Rwanda, and a few video clips from interviews with personnel from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. (www.tribunalvoices.org)
Finding Hillywood: A one-hour feature documentary about the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and a real life example of how art heals. (http://findinghillywood.com)
Discussion: A conversation with Leah Warshawski, Director of Finding Hillywood
For more information, click here.
April 24: Webinar on Next Steps in Bringing Home the Human Right to Housing: Scholarship from the Symposium on the Human Right to Housing
Webinar 12:00 – 1:00 PST
To celebrate the release of a special edition of the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review with articles curated for last April’s Bringing Economic & Social Rights Home: The Right to Adequate Housing in the U.S. symposium, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Columbia Law School Human Rights Law Review, and the Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy will be hosting a webinar on April 24, 2014, at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1 Mountain, 12 noon Pacific.
The articles in this special issue of the Human Rights Law Review provide an important complement to, and expansion of, the last year’s symposium discussion, and the webinar will offer a chance to hear the authors summarize their contributions and answer questions.
- Maria Foscarinis, Executive Director, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, NLCHP
- Eric Tars, Director of Human Rights & Children’s Rights Programs, NLCHP
- Heather Maria Johnson, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California
- Tristia Bauman, Senior Counsel, NLCHP
- Risa Kaufman, Executive Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
- Heidi Wegleitner Staff Attorney, Legal Aid of Wisconsin; District 2 Supervisor, Dane County Board of Supervisors
- Lucy Williams, Professor of Law & Faculty Co-Director, Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, Northeastern Law School
- Brittany Scott, Campaign Coordinator, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
Come and get a taste of the new thoughts, and ask questions of the authors! Click here to register.
April 25: Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys Presents Its Annual Hospital & Health Seminar
Friday, Apr. 25, 2014
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall
The Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (“WSSHA”) was founded in 1973. It is operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes, to provide an opportunity for legal advisors in the health field to meet and exchange information and ideas, to conduct legal seminars of interest to such attorneys, and to provide a central agency for the exchange of information of a legal nature in the health field.
This is a great networking and learning opportunity. The registration fee for students is $115. If you want to attend, you should send in your check as soon as possible along with the form that you can print off of the website. This seminar is well attended by the healthcare attorneys of Seattle and a few from Spokane and Oregon so it’s a great chance to connect with attorneys who practice in the health law field.
Click here to view the brochure. The registration form is on the brochure itself.
April 28: National Commission on Voting Rights Event at the UW Law School
Monday, Apr. 28, 2014
4:30 – 7:30 PM, RM 138
In 2005, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the civil rights community, convened and staffed the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act (NCVRA), an eight-member blue ribbon panel which produced a fact-based report: Protecting Minority Voters: the Voting Rights Act at Work 1982 – 2005.
The Lawyers’ Committee, in close collaboration with state and local organizations, will organize the 2013-14 hearings. The Commission will conduct fact finding hearings across the country that will look closely at the record of discrimination, election administration problems, voter registration procedures, and other challenges that voters are facing.
The Lawyers’ Committee will reach out to our partners in each of the states to work with the Commission in organizing the hearings. In addition to National Commissioners, we will invite local leaders to serve as guest commissioners. Voting attorneys, grassroots leaders, social scientists, and the public will be invited to testify. The hearing will be organized with Commissioners as questioners and panels of witnesses providing testimony. Each witness will be asked to submit a written statement (with the length at the discretion of each witness) in advance of the hearing. During the hearing, witnesses will give oral testimony based on their written statement. Commissioners sitting on the panel will ask questions on specific issues relating to each witnesses oral and written testimony. The hearings will also include periodic open sessions for audience members and voters to speak about their voting experience. Hearings will be held from November 2013 to spring 2014.
April 30: Dr. Bernard LaFayette “Sit-ins, Freedom Rides, and Selma: What the Civil Rights Movement and Nonviolence Tell Us Today”
Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014
School of Social Work Building, 4101 15th Ave. NE, RM 305
In 1958, 18-year-old Bernard LaFayette enrolled at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, Tennessee. LaFayette is an African American and had lived in Florida and Pennsylvania: in the former, he was raised with segregation, in the latter, he attended integrated public schools. When he arrived at seminary, he roomed with John Lewis, now the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Within weeks, Lewis convinced LaFayette to dive into the practice of nonviolence, and they would go on to participate in some of the most crucial moments in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
In this talk, Dr. LaFayette, having earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, will speak about his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement, the theory and practice of nonviolence, and our responsibilities today — all with a boundless optimism and perhaps a song or two.
For more information, click here.
May 10: Presentation on Race & Jury Service: Is Jury Selection Fair? Are All Communities Represented?
Saturday, May 10, 2014
4:30 PM, Gates Hall RM 119
Co-sponsors: Northwest Justice Project, Whitman College, Center for Public Service Law-UW Law
Interested in the issue of minority jury representation?
On Saturday May 10th, at 4:30 pm at the University of Washington Law School, students from Whitman College’s State of the State of Latinos in Washington will be presenting their project analyzing the jury selection system in Eastern Washington. In addition, attorneys from Washington Appleseed and the Northwest Justice Project will present the work they are doing to better understand jury selection and the role that academic researchers, attorneys, and students can play in increasing minority jury participation. The location will be in Room 119 in Gates Hall, light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to contact David Morales at the Northwest Justice Project, if you have any further questions.