HOUSTON: “Face the Truth” Hearing on Racial Profiling – June 12

Rights Working Group and Local Organizations Holding “Face the Truth” Hearing on Racial Profiling

Racial and religious profiling is a pervasive problem that affects many communities across the country.  While African American communities have struggled with the issue of racial profiling for generations, profiling also affects a broad range of communities, including Native American, African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. In response to the continued trend towards racial profiling around the country, like Arizona SB1070, and locally, such as the implementation of the 287(g) program in Harris county, over a 100 national and local organizations have signed on to the “Racial Profiling: Face the Truth” Campaign. Across the United States, “Face the Truth” hearings and town hall meetings give local communities a chance to testify and call attention to the real impact that racial, ethnic and religious profiling have on a diverse array of people.

What: Racial Profiling: Face the Truth Hearing

When: June 12th, 2010 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: SHAPE Community Center

3903 Almeda, Houston, TX 77004

Commissioners:

Margaret Huang, Executive Director of Rights Working Group.

Rights Working Group (RWG) is a coalition formed in the aftermath of 9/11 to lead a movement of Americans to restore our commitment to civil liberties and human rights. With more than 250 member organizations, RWG coordinates and leads national and grassroots campaigns to demand Constitutional and human rights protections for all people in the U.S., regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or citizenship status. With more than fourteen years of experience in the human rights field, Ms. Huang has served as the Director of the U.S. Program at Global Rights, an international human rights organization; as a Program Director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights; as manager of a women’s rights program at The Asia Foundation; and as a professional staff member for the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Huang received a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF).

Mr. Saenz has conducted civil rights litigation at MALDEF for 12 years. During that time, he was a leader in the successful challenge to California’s unconstitutional Proposition 187, and he led numerous civil rights cases in the areas of immigrants’ rights, education, employment, and voting rights. Saenz achieved several victories against ordinances unlawfully restricting the rights of day laborers, served as lead counsel in the 2001 challenge to California’s congressional redistricting, and initiated the employment discrimination lawsuit resulting in a $50 million settlement with Abercrombie and Fitch. He served as MALDEF’s lead counsel in two court challenges to Proposition 227, a California English-only education initiative. Saenz was also the lead drafter of the Amicus brief on behalf of Latino organizations supporting affirmative action in the Supreme Court case, Grutter v. Bollinger. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and he received his law degree from Yale Law School. For eight years, Saenz taught Civil Rights Litigation as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC) Law School.

Sponsored by:

    America Para Todos, Alianza Mexicana, CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations, Centro, Coalition in the Defense of the Community, CRECEN – Centro de Recursos Centroamericanos, DAYA: Serving South Asian Families, Grassroots Leadership, HIWJ – Houston Interfaith Worker Justice Center, Houston Peace and Justice Center, LULAC, NAACP, OCA Houston Chapter – Organization of Chinese Americans, OG1 – Youth Outreach organization, Rights Working Group, SEIU, Shape Community Center, Tejano Center, Tejas, WHEW- Women Healing Empowering Women

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