FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 19, 2012
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Racial Profiling Forum to Feature NW Elected Officials
Nov. 12 Speak Out! part of national Rights Working Group meeting
SEATTLE -- Washington residents with personal experiences of systemic racial profiling will join a dynamic community forum to share their stories with local and state elected officials and call for solutions.
“Racial Profiling in the NW – Community Speak Out!” will feature leading advocates highlighting concerns around criminal justice, national security, immigration, and border enforcement from across the Pacific Northwest – each issue area punctuated by the personal testimony of a local resident directly affected.
A panel of local officials and community leaders will listen to the testimony and then discuss policy solutions, showcasing the deep work around racial justice, civil and human rights, and immigrant rights in the Northwest. Topics include proposed reforms involving border patrol’s interpretation services; border patrol responding to 911 emergency calls along the northern border; and issues involving discriminatory policing at the Seattle Police Department. In addition, advocates will call for passage of the federal End Racial Profiling Act, a bill that would prohibit the use of race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity by any local, state or federal law enforcement agency.
The Speak Out! includes spoken word and music performances highlighting the artistic resistance to racial profiling and practices that divide our communities.
What: Racial Profiling in the NW – Community Speak Out!
When: 4-6pm, Monday, November 12, 2012
Where: Bertha K. Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 600 Fifth Ave., Seattle 98127
Co-hosts: Rights Working Group, OneAmerica, and the NW Host Committee
Presenters & Panelists: To Be Announced Soon!
The Speak Out! audience will include community leaders and advocates from across the country that are attending the 2012 Rights Working Group National Meeting in Seattle from November 12-13. Active groups include the ACLU, Asian American Justice Center, National Network for Arab American Communities, Muslim Advocates, and OneAmerica.
The two-day meeting features civil rights, immigrant rights, and racial justice advocates and organizers from different fields sharing information and ideas, developing collaborative strategies, and supporting national and local campaigns to ban racial profiling.
Rights Working Group, a coalition of more than 340 local, state, and national organizations, works collaboratively to advocate for the civil liberties and human rights of everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status.
OneAmerica, the largest immigrant and refugee rights advocacy organization in Washington State, advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power within immigrant and refugee communities.