By Dione Friends
Online Media Coordinator
Deaths of Trayvon Martin and a beaten Iraqi mother in San Diego are extreme examples of the need for civil rights dialogue in America. We started that much needed dialogue at our day long Civil Right Conference last month. A civil rights coalition made up of civil rights organizations from around the state came together to discuss Civil rights post 9/11, immigrants' rights, and Criminal Law Reform. Hundreds of concerned Texans gathered for an entire day to listen. The day was topped off with a moving speech from Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!
Check out our full recap:
Understanding Civil Rights Post 9/11
Tribute to Cesar Chavez
Criminal Justice ReformWatch the Criminal Justice panel. Tarsha Jackson from Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth moderated. Ana Yanez-Correa [Pictured far right] from TCJC presented on over-incarceration. Gislaine Williams [Pictured middle right] from the ACLU of Texas discussed the school-to-prison pipeline and bullying in public schools. Gislaine said, "talking in class shouldn't be a class c misdemeanor!" Bob Libal [Pictured middle left] from Grassroots Leadership talked private prisons. Dave Atwood [Pictured far left] from HPJC and TCADP closed the discussion with a speech about the death penalty in Texas. Dave stated, "The death penalty on its way out. Except in Ohio and Southern states."
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We addressed the important issues facing our community today. Check out the Houston Chronicle's article about the civil rights conference. Special thanks to all the coalition members that made the conference a success: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas Black Heritage Society Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Texas – Houston Chapter Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) Houston Interfaith Workers Justice Center Houston Peace and Justice Center (HPJC) Houston United – Houston Unido League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Shades of White Texas Criminal Justice Coalition (TCJP) Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth Think Peace International Inc. Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) KPFT Radio For more information visit http://civilrightscoalition.wordpress.com/.