Celebrate Human Rights Day! Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission at Town Hall Seattle

Volunteer for the SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza on Wednesday, December 9th!

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We are in need of volunteers (attorneys, law students, interpreters) for next month’s SGB/LBAW Legal Clinic at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle coming up on Wednesday, December 9th. We expect that many people will show up for consultations and we need your help in all areas of law!!

PLEASE consider volunteering in December 2015.  The Clinic takes place the 2nd Wednesday of each month at El Centro.

Don’t speak Spanish??  No sweat!  We will provide you with an interpreter.

Just complete the Volunteer Application.

Attorneys needed in the following practice areas:

  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property/Landlord Tenant
  • Workers Comp

Law Students and interpreters needed for intakes and interpretation.  If you would like to help in another way, please let us know.

Op-Ed: The New Rent Control Wars

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By Randy Shaw | Beyond Chron

On November 4, a near riot broke out in the usually quiet city of Alameda, California The reason? A battle over rent control. Rising rents and evictions are causing tenant displacement and activists hoped that the November 4 City Council meeting would bring some relief. Instead, the meeting broke out in violence, with a city official assaulting  a tenant activist and the police arresting two tenants for the “crime” of advocating for rent control.

Alameda is the latest battleground in the new rent control wars. Earlier this year the city of Richmond, California enacted a rent control and just cause eviction law, only to have landlords get it suspended by qualifying a referendum. Instead of waiting for the election on the referendum Richmond activists are now gathering signatures to put their own measure on the November 2016 ballot.

Continue reading here.

Join the Seattle Human Rights Commission for Human Rights Day

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On behalf of the Seattle Human Rights Commission and our Human Rights Day planning partners, we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle.

Every year at our Human Rights Day celebration we recognize our City’s exceptional human rights leaders.  Please help us identify those leaders in Seattle by nominating those that have advanced human rights locally, nationally or globally.

Award Categories:
1) Human rights leader (individual)
2) Rising human rights leaders (youth),
3) Human rights organization
4) Human rights business
5) Human rights artist
6) Human rights coalition

Please nominate those individuals and entitiestinyurl.com/2015humanrightsawards
Nomination deadline: November 15th, 2015.

Awardee selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights
  • Works for racial and social justice
  • Provides courageous leadership
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination
  • Business awardees: Provides a living wage, fosters a positive work environment, and has family friendly policies

Past award recipients have included The Colectivo de Detenidos, Matt Remle, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Yasmin Christopher, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Molly Moons and Tutta Bella, among others.

Thank you so much for your participation! If you have any questions, please call Marta Idowu at 206-684-0390 or email her at marta.idowu@seattle.gov.

UN Human Rights Experts Welcome Release of Egyptian Journalist and Rights Defender

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By UN News Centre

UN human rights experts today welcomed the release of Egyptian journalist Hossam Bahgat but expressed their “grave concern” over the “very difficult environment” for journalists and human rights defenders in Egypt that deters reporting and intimidates writers and activists of all kinds.

In a joint statement, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, David Kaye, and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, said “even after his release, his detention sends a signal of disrespect for the very principles of freedom of expression that [Egyptian] President [Abdel Fattah] Sisi only days ago claimed his Government upheld.”

Continue reading here.

Join the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference and Register Early!

December 1: Global Monday Lecture by Professor Alejandra Gonza on International Human Rights and the Inter-American System

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Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
12:30 – 1:20 PM
William Gates Hall, RM 117

The states of the American continents have created a regional institution, the Organization of American States (OAS), which includes several structures for protecting human rights. The OAS Charter created substantive human rights norms and established two main institutions designed specifically for human rights protection and promotion: the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Gonza will provide an overview of the Inter-American human rights system and share from her experience working with its main bodies including successfully petitioning on behalf of clients who have been tortured.

Alejandra Gonza is a Commissioner with the Seattle Human Rights Commission and a legal adviser to the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington, DC. She will teach the International Human Rights Clinic at UW Law starting winter. Ms. Gonza has been representing victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American human rights system. She also served as a senior staff attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (both of the Organization of American States). Ms. Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucumán in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain.

December 2: A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law, Presenting the Asian Law Center 50th Anniversary Publication and Honoring Our Distinguished Visiting Scholars

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Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
3:30 – 5:30 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 115

The University of Washington School of Law is distinguished by a long standing tradition of research and scholarship on Asian and comparative law and by a vibrant Visiting Scholars Program. We are honored to host many senior legal career professionals, policy makers and eminent academics from around the world and to serve as a leading research center contributing to exciting scholarship on Asia. Please join President Young, Dean Testy, faculty and friends for A Celebration of Asian and Comparative Law Scholarship at UW Law:

  • Introduction by Dean Testy and Welcome by President Young
  • Presenting the ALC 50th Anniversary Publication, Legal Innovations in Asia: Judicial Lawmaking and the Influence of Comparative Law
  • Honoring our distinguished Visiting Scholars, click here.

Please RSVP to asianlaw@uw.edu.

December 4: Transpacific Conversation on Comparative Constitutional Law in Asia

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Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
3:30 – 5:20 PM
William H. Gates Hall, RM 119

School of Law and the Asian Law Center are pleased to announce two special panels on Thursday, December 4th. These panels are presented by some of the leading scholars in Asian comparative law.

3:30 – 4:20: Constitutionalism in Hong Kong and Taiwan
Chaired by John O. Haley (Vanderbilt, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Swati Jhaveri (National University of Singapore): Constitutional Implications of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central
  • Jimmy Chia-Shin Hsu (Academica Sinica, Taiwan): The Sunflower Student Movement and Democracy in Taiwan

4:30 – 5:20: Constitutional Law in Japan and Korea
Chaired by Daniel H. Foote (University of Tokyo, UW Law)
Panelists:

  • Jonathan Kang (Yonsei University, Seoul): Good for the Gander: The Appropriation of Law Rhetoric by Korean Conservatives
  • Larry Repeta (Meiji University, Tokyo): Freedom of Thought and Conscience: Compulsory Flag-and-Anthem Rituals, and the Supreme Court of Japan
  • Shigenori Matsui (University of British Columbia): Criminalization of Revenge Porn in Japan

RSVP by December 1st.  Register online here.

January 7: Register for the Washington Policy Center’s Statewide Policy Conference – 2015 Solutions Summit

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Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Western Washington Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Eastern Washington Location: 3 Rivers Convention Center, 7016 W Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336

The conference will be attended by policy makers, elected officials, and business leaders and consist of a breakfast speaker, then breakout sessions in the morning, featuring local and national experts, on the following policy topics:

  • Education Reform
  • Environment
  • Balancing the Budget without Raising Taxes
  • Health Care Reform
  • Improving the Small Business Climate
  • Transportation
More than 20 national and regional policy experts will be on hand for the conference. They include:
Congressman Doc Hastings
State Senator Michael Baumgartner, (R) – Spokane
State Senator Andy Hill, (R)-  Woodinville and chair of Senate Ways and Means Committee
State Senator Curtis King , (R) – Yakima and chair of the Senate Transportation Committee
State Representative Ross Hunter, (D) – Medina and chair of the House Appropriations Committee
State Representative Reuven Carlyle, (D) – Seattle and chair of the House Finance Committee
Rob McKenna, former Attorney General
Avik Roy, Forbes Columnist
Howard Behar, former COO of Starbucks
Emily Goff , Transportation Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation

Register online here.