Interactive Civil Liberties Human Rights Conference ~ Saturday, December 1 ~ VenueSIX10, 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Seeking fairness for communities of color in today’s society

Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Location: Crown Great Hall – 9th floor
CLE credit pending.

Speakers:
Moderator: Grace Chan, Director of Administration at the Chinese American Service League
Adam Schwartz, Senior Staff Counsel, ACLU of Illinois
Randy Stone, University of Chicago School of Law
Fred Tsao, Policy Director for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

While many pundits and columnists hail the post-racial nature of our society today, communities of color often struggle to recognize the epic “changes” in our society today. Young men of color, for example, are far more likely to be arrested for minor offenses, such as non-violent drug crimes. Once arrested, these young men of color are far more likely to be charged with felony offenses once arrested, and are far more likely to be sentenced to serve time in prison if convicted. In short, our system of justice remains blinded by color and young people too often are funneled into that system through school disciplinary system which is integrated into the justice system at this time. On another front, Latinos (including those born in the United States) often are targeted for traffic stops and long detentions in order to examine their immigration status — something that caucasian drivers simply would not permit.

The panel will explore the state of racial justice in America, from actions by law enforcement at all levels to concerns about immigration policy and other issues that affect communities of color.

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