Press Conf. Featuring Victims of Racial Profiling

Tue, 2012-04-17 12:00

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at noon, victims of racial profiling will be joined by members of Congress and national advocates at a press conference urging the Senate to pass the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). The press conference, which will take place in a Senate office building, immediately follows the Senate hearing on the bill, the first hearing of its kind since 9/11.

Speakers will advocate for the passage of the End Racial Profiling Act and for reform of the Department of Justice Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement agencies to eliminate loopholes for national security, border security while prohibiting profiling based on national origin and religion. The following day, a number of press conference speakers will meet with congressional representatives, senators and their staffs about the need for federal action to ban racial profiling.

Speakers:

  • Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Illinois) Chairman of Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the    Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, a co-sponsor of ERPA who spearheaded a dear colleague letter effort to revise the U.S. Department of Justice’s racial profiling guidance.
  • Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Senate sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act
  • Margaret Huang, Executive Director, Rights Working Group
  • Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and House sponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act will discuss the need for this legislation.
  • Bonita Rhodes-Berg, an African-American mother and grandmother who settled a civil rights lawsuit involving the Drug Enforcement Administration after she was racially profiled.
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minnesota), House cosponsor of the End Racial Profiling Act.
  • Tiburcio Briceno, a U.S. citizen of Mexican origin who was stopped by Michigan State Police for an alleged traffic violation and handcuffed to await the arrival of Customs Border Patrol despite his protests that he was a citizen.
  • Rep. Judy Chu (D-California), House cosponsor of End Racial Profiling Act.
  • Elizabeth Dann, a third-year law student at New York University recently learned that the New York Police Department had placed the Muslim Student Association she belongs to, like others in the Northeast, under surveillance based on the students’ religious beliefs.
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, (D-Illinois), House cosponsor of End Racial Profiling Act. (invited)
  • Anthony Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union.
  • Hilary O. Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau & Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy.
  • Rev. Jamal Bryant, Pastor, Empowerment Temple AME Church of Baltimore, youth activist, and advisor to the Trayvon Martin Family.
  • Kevin Lavine, a retired police officer and criminal justice professor.

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at approximately 11:45 a.m. (Immediately follows hearing)

Questions, contact:

Keith Rushing, Communications Manager, Rights Working Group, 202.591.3305 (o),  202.557.4291 (c), krushing@rightsworkinggroup.org
Scott Westbrook Simpson, Press Secretary, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 202.466.2061 (o) simpson@civilrights.org
Sandhya Bathija, Media Relations Associate, The American Civil Liberties Union, 202.715.0833 (o),  202.568.0079 (c), sbathija@dcaclu.org.

Dirksen Senate Office Building (Room 226) Washington, DC
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