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Join USHRN's September Membership CallSep 10, 2019
We are excited for this month’s Membership call on Thursday, September 12 at 10 AM PT / 12 PM CT / 1 PM ET. Membership calls are an opportunity for members to provide updates on their work on the ground defending human rights across the nation, and for the US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center to provide our updates on upcoming key deadlines, events, and actions.
Members from across regions and communities will be providing updates from the ground on Thursday’s call. Please find information on who will be speaking below:
Ron Davis (The Jordan Davis Foundation): Ron Davis’ youngest son, Jordan, was shot and killed in what was known as "The Loud Music" shooting at a gas station on Black Friday, Nov 23, 2012. After Jordan Davis' untimely and tragic death, his father Ron Davis became a steadfast activist working to prevent the use of "Stand Your Ground" laws to justify unprovoked killings. In 2014, Davis spoke on the floor to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva, prompting UN representatives to condemn policies of racial discrimination against people of color in the US.
P. Moses (Black Lives Matter Memphis): P. Moses is a US Human Rights Network FIHRE fellow and a Black Lives Matter leader in Memphis, Tennessee. This spring, she won an important defamation and slander suit, in which she represented herself, against former Shelby County commissioner Terry Roland, who referred to P. Moses and other BLM activists as “terrorists.” Shortly after her successful lawsuit, P. Moses announced her candidacy for Mayor but faced an uphill battle against a technical disqualification.
Jamila Flomo and Amanda Suarez (University of Miami School of Law): Jamila Flomo and Amandra Suarez will provide information on Miami Law’s Human Rights Clinic COURAGE project: Community Oriented and United Responses to Address Gender Violence and Equality. The COURAGE in Policing Project works to enhance the law enforcement response to domestic violence and sexual assault, in partnership with community-based organizations, police departments, and national leaders. Jamila and Amanda are drafting an amicus brief with Florida Legal Services about the effects of SB 168—the Florida anti-immigration law— on immigrant victims of domestic violence.
Pua Case (Mauna Kea Education and Awareness): Pua Case is our key member on the ground at Mauna Kea, Hawai’i. She will join us from ongoing protests against the construction of the Thirty-Meter-Telescope on a sacred site in Hawai’i to discuss the recent increased mobilization of the National Guard, Sheriffs and local Police to the roads leading to the peaceful protest site where over 1,000 Kanaka Maoli Protectors remain.
Black Women’s Blueprint: A human rights defender from Black Women’s Blueprint will provide updates on their work. Black Women’s Blueprint is a civil and human rights organization of women and men. They work to develop a culture where women of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased. Black Women’s Blueprint engages in progressive research, historical documentation, policy advocacy and organizes on social justice issues steeped in the struggles of Black women within their communities and within dominant culture.
Vickie Casanova (USHRN): Vickie Casanova Willis is a teaching and performing artist/cultural worker with decades of experience as an advocate and activist, working with children and families in the Black and Latino communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides. She us a USHRN Board Member and will provide updates from the Human Rights Cities Alliance.
Joshua Cooper (USHRN): Joshua Cooper is the Director of Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights, Co-chair of the UPR Task Force, and member of the USHRN International Mechanisms Coordinating Committee. He will provide updates on the Universal Periodic Review and the US Human Rights Council 42nd Session.
We look forward to joining you on Thursday’s call.
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