U.S. Human Rights Network
For May Day and Beyond
Open Letter to White Communities
- In the past month, five million people, mostly immigrants of color, have mobilized for justice and are making history, flooding the streets in unprecedented numbers. Meanwhile, the most visible participation by white people is coming from the racist and right wing leaders who are defining and dominating the debate in the Federal government and in the news, radio and opinion pages. Where are the voices of anti-racist white people in this crucial moment, when the worst anti-immigrant legislation in decades is still poised to drop?
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
- Zipporah Collins, Editor
- Emma Dawley, Black Women Stirring the Waters
- Aileen C. Hernandez, Urban Consultant
- Nancy Hormachea, Immigration Attorney
- Wes McGee, Minneapolis Black Trade Unionist
- Colleen Rohan, International Criminal Court Attorney
- Bill Quigley, Legal Director, Center for Constitutional Rights
- Lindsley Smith, Arkansas Legislator
- Marc Van Der Hout, Immigration Attorney
- Barbara Blong, Peace/Human Rights Activist
- Howard Watkins, Fresno Family Law Attorney
- Jim Syfers, Editor, Prof. Emeritus, SFSU
- Jan Goodman, Attorney
- Susan Scott, Human Rights Attorney
- Faye Hinze, Retired Teacher and Community Activist
- Steve Bingham, Legal Service Attorney
Defending DeRay and friends
Baton Rouge July 15, 2016 - Today, District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III announced that he will not prosecute DeRay McKesson and approximately 100 other cases involving protestors charged with the misdemeanor crimes of obstruction of a roadway or public passage. Many of those charges were from New Orleans. These particular cases involve facts where the person arrested failed to comply with an officer's direction to leave the roadway or public passage. Under Louisiana law, first-time offenders, may have their misdemeanor arrests expunged from the criminal history records of the State of Louisiana at no cost.
This is exactly the response requested by Roy J.Rodney, Jr. of the law firm of Rodney and Etter in the release of DeRay McKesson of Black Lives Matter. Similar relief had also been requested by attorneys for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, the Louis Martinet Society and several others involved in providing legal assistance to those person exercising their constitutional rights.
In a statement released today Rodney said: "It has been a pleasure to work with the outstanding lawyers from these organizations including Allison McCrary, Ron Wilson, Bill Quigley, Nikki Thanos, Carol Kolinchak, Tracie Washington, William Most, Carol Harris, Sherilyn Ifil and many others."
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward
Now What? Defying Trump and the Left's Way Forward was a phone in webinar organized by Freedom Road Socialist Organization in the wake of the 2016 election.
- Now what? We’re all asking ourselves that question in the wake of Trump’s victory. We’ve got urgent strategizing and work to do, together. Join Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of the Movement for Black Lives and Freedom Road, Calvin Cheung-Miaw, Jodeen Olguin-Taylor of Mijente and WFP, Joe Schwartz of the Democratic Socialists of America, and Sendolo Diaminah of Freedom Road for a discussion of what happened, and what we should be doing to build mass defiance. And above all, how do we build the Left in this, which we know is the only solution to the crises we face?
- This event will take place Tuesday November 15, 2016 at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central/6pm Pacific.