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Announcement :: Human Rights
Human Rights v. Patriot Act: a 4/24 forum
12 Apr 2004
On Saturday, 4/24, legal scholars and activists from across the country will discuss issues of civil liberties and human rights at Yale. Speakers include Kathleen Cleaver, Ward Churchill, Van Jones and Betita Martinez. Free and open to the public. Please come!
A free public forum
April 24, 2004, 3-7 p.m.
Yale Law School Auditorium
127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

This forum, organized by the Human Rights Research Fund, will be an exciting
dialogue with some of the most dynamic attorneys, scholars and social justice activists in the United States. The speakers have participated in
the anti-war, civil rights, American Indian and Chicano movements, the Black Panther Party, the anti-apartheid movement and African liberation struggles, the movement to free political prisoners, the campaign against the death
penalty and other social justice issues.

The focus will be on respect for human rights in the United States from a legal, historical and social perspective in light of the repressive measures enacted post 9/11. The topics of discussion will include the impact of the
war on terrorism on political dissent, youth activism, police violence, indigenous rights, reparations and political imprisonment.


Stephen Bright, J.D. – Anti-death-penalty attorney and director, Southern
Center for Human Rights
Ward Churchill – Author and scholar, American Indian Movement of Colorado
Kathleen Cleaver, J.D. – African American Studies, Yale and Co-director,
Human Rights Research Fund
Bruce Ellison, J.D. – Attorney, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Lennox Hinds, J.D. – International law expert and professor, Rutgers
Van Jones, J.D. – Executive Director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
George Katsiaficas – Author and scholar, Caucus for New Political Science
Yuri Kochiyama – Human rights activist, interned with her family during WWII
Elizabeth Martinez, Ph.D. – Director, Institute for Multi-Racial Justice and
editor, War Times
Natsu Saito, J.D. – University of Colorado, co-director, Human Rights
Research Fund
Raymond A. Winbush, Ph.D. – Director, Institute for Urban Research, Morgan
State University


This human rights forum is being co-sponsored by Critical Resistance-New
Haven, People Against Injustice, and Yale University's African American Studies Department, Afro American Cultural Center, American Studies Program, Association of Native Americans, Black Students at Yale, the Provost's Office, the Student Legal Action Movement and the Human Rights Research Fund.

The Human Rights Research Fund was founded in 2000 by Kathleen Cleaver and Natsu Saito, two law professors with extensive experience in social justice movements. HRRF works within a broad network of antiracist activists,
organizations, lawyers and programs and uses research projects, public forums and reports both to raise awareness of the U.S. government’s suppression of political dissent through human rights abuses and to assist the unfairly imprisoned victims of such abuse.

For more information:
humanrights (at)

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