American by Senalka McDonald

Image: “American” by Senalka McDonald

Veteran activists, international and criminal law attorneys, community leaders, historians and others from Texas and around the country will come together for the Bringing Human Rights Home community forum to facilitate an important conversation about the relevance of human rights as a tool for Black self-determination and racial justice. The forum will reveal little known history about the Black human rights movement in the U.S. prior to the pre-civil rights era and discuss how local community struggles for dignified lives are reaching the international stage.

Bringing Human Rights Home features a session called, ‘Let My People Go,' which will confront the destructive impact of the criminal justice system on Black lives and communities, from the phenomenon of police brutality and the massive incarceration, to the Black population and the school-to-prison pipeline.

The interactive forum will challenge participants to ‘imagine justice,' or imagine the ways justice would need to look for communities to be repaired and self-determined. The discussion will be strategy-oriented and consider the issues in light of the new Obama Administration.

Bringing Human Rights Home community forum, Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 12:30 pm to 6:15 pm in the Eidman Courtroom of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street. Reception to follow.

Bringing Human Rights Home is a part of the 1 st Annual Freedom Weekend. Freedom Weekend 09 will open on Friday, February 20th with Prison Protest Poetry spoken word show and Reception at ­­­­the Carver Museum and Cultural Center at 1165 Angelina Street from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

View the Bringing Human Rights Home flyer as a PDF (requires Adobe Reader)