Thank you for Bringing Human Rights Home at the #Amnesty2014 Human Rights Conference and Annual General Meeting in Chicago, Illinois April 4-6! Stay tuned for information about the 2015 Conference.
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|THE HUMAN TOLL OF GUN VIOLENCE: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION||
Gun violence impacts human rights in profound ways, from the rights to life and security to the rights to education, a decent livelihood, and freedom of movement. The reasons for increased gun violence in Chicago are complex. Poverty, unemployment, lack of education, public housing demolition, and gang fragmentation are some of the factors that play a role in the violence. The vast majority of homicides and other violent crimes are concentrated in the south and west sides of the city, in predominantly African-American and Latino communities that have high rates of poverty and unemployment.
Panelists: Father Michael Pfleger - The Faith Community of Saint Sabina; Cleopatra and Nate Pendleton - Parents of slain Chicago teen Hadiya Pendleton; Michael Skolnik - Political Director to Russell Simmons and editor in chief of GlobalGrind.com; Sarah Clements - Daughter of Sandy Hook survivor; Charlene Carruthers - Black Youth Project 100, University of Chicago
Moderator: Tamika Mallory, Co-Chair of the Gun Violence Taskforce Initiative + Essence Magazine Contributor.
|TRIBUTE TO PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE||
Keynote Address by Mansour Ossanlu, former Amnesty Prisoner of Conscience from Iran
|REDEFINING JUSTICE: THE STATE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE & HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE U.S. & AROUND THE WORLD||This plenary will explore some of the lived experiences of individuals and communities of color in the U.S. and around the world who are affected by hyper-criminalization, mass incarceration, and harmful policing practices. From racial profiling exemplified by "stop and frisk" policies to mass incarceration to what communities have called "wrongful deaths" of young men like Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, and Kimani Gray, hyper criminalization and harmful policing practices take many forms. Police accountability in particular has been limited at best, and in many cases, nonexistent. Few places are closer to the epicenter of these issues than Chicago, so this panel will reflect the spirit of "bringing human rights home" by connecting the local to the national and global. Panelists will talk about their experience using a human-rights framework to counter human-rights violations in the criminal injustice system.|
|A CONVERSATION WITH GLENN GREENWALD: NSA SURVEILLANCE, EDWARD SNOWDEN, AND THE RIGHTS OF WHISTLEBLOWERS||Author and journalist Glenn Greenwald will join us via video link from Brazil for a discussion about the U.S. government's use of mass surveillance, as well as the persecution of whistleblowers and reporters who seek to tell the truth about human rights violations. Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have launched The Intercept, a publication whose mission is to provide a platform to report on the documents Snowden disclosed, as well as adversarial journalism on a wide range of issues. Greenwald will speak with Margaret Huang, Amnesty USA's deputy executive director of campaigns and programs, and then take questions from the audience.|
|WORKERS' RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS||The global movement for workers' rights is central to achieving human rights protections for all. Workers in the United States—and around the world—are organizing to demand an adequate standard of living, to improve working conditions, to stop slavery, and to ensure that migrant workers are accorded equal protection of their rights. Our two luncheon speakers will share their insights and experiences as leaders of the U.S. workers' rights movement and the global movement.|
|LGBT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS: GETTING TO KNOW THE MOVEMENT||Wondering what is happening in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied movements? This plenary, "Winning LGBTI Equality: An Activist's Guide to LGBTI Human Rights Advocacy" will focus on pressing issues of sexual orientation and gender discrimination that are often overlooked or misunderstood by people in the U.S. Through the lived experiences of front-line activists, panelists will discuss transgender awareness, workplace discrimination, and international LGBTI issues. Further, panelists will discuss how everyone can successfully participate in the struggle for LGBTI equality.|
|CONCERT||Concert featuring SIERRA LEONE'S REFUGEE ALLSTARS with opening act AURORA BARNES at House of Blues *Conference name badge required*|