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(Un)Equal Under The Law: Extreme Sentencing and Racial Justice in California

Date & Time
March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm PDT
San Francisco State University
1630 Holloway Avenue - J Paul Leonard Library
San Francisco, CA 94132 United States

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Please join us in person for an evening of thought-provoking discussions about racial justice, extreme sentencing in California, and the transformative power of the arts. 


Featuring Kevin Cooper, calling in from San Quentin’s death row, who will discuss the ongoing fight for his life, justice, and freedom while surviving California’s death row for nearly 40 years, despite many Brady violations pointing to prosecutorial misconduct and wrongful conviction. 


Law professor Lara Bazelon, soon to be representing Kevin under the Racial Justice Act, will discuss the historic bill, Kevin’s case, and her phenomenal work for racial justice and the wrongfully convicted in California and beyond. 


Rahsaan “New York” Thomas inspires all with his incredible journey from a prison cell (55 to life sentence), becoming an award-winning writer, podcaster, director, producer, curator, social justice advocate, restorative justice circle keeper, youth counselor, runner, and champion for incarcerated artists and their work—including Kevin!


To learn more about the esteemed panelists, please See their site links below:

  • Kevin Cooper, Artist, Writer, Orator, Abolitionist, fighting for his freedom from California’s death row
  • Professor Lara Bazelon, Law Professor, Writer, Advocate, and Director of the Criminal & Juvenile and Racial Justice Clinics, University of San Francisco
  • Rahsaan “New York” Thomas, Executive Director of Empowerment Avenue, Writer, Journalist, Director, Producer, Podcaster, most known for producing the Ear Hustle podcast
  • Albert de la Tierra, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies, San Francisco State University


When: Thursday, March 14th, 5:30pm (doors open at 5pm)

Where: Jack Adams Hall, San Francisco State University

Who: Please RSVP here bit.ly/RJA4KC 


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at San Francisco State University, Project Rebound, Empowerment Avenue, Amnesty International USA (San Francisco, California).