|Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Upcoming Events||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Katie Gaughan (kgaughanmnadvocates.org)|
|Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 14:27:24 -0700 (PDT)|
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Upcoming Events More information about these and other Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights events can be found on our website at www.mnadvocates.org <http://www.mnadvocates.org/> . Women's Program House Party/Fundraiser Thursday, September 6 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the home of Marlene Kayser, 466 S. Mississippi River Blvd., St. Paul. Please RSVP to mhunt [at] mnadvocates.org or 612-341-3302, ext. 107. More information on the website here <http://www.mnadvocates.org/Women_s_Program_Fall_House_Party_Fundraiser. html> . The Andre Thomas Death Penalty Case Serious Mental Illness on Trial (or not?) Thursday, September 13 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Dorsey & Whitney Seattle Room, 15th Floor 50 South 6th Street Minneapolis Cliff Anderson will discuss the Dorsey & Whitney death penalty team's current death penalty case State of Texas v. Andre Thomas. The triple homicide that Mr. Thomas committed in March 2004 made national headlines when shortly after Mr. Thomas turned himself in and confessed his crime, he pulled out his own right eye with his fingers after reading in his Bible, "If the right eye offends thee, pluck it out." After treatment for his psychosis and allegedly being restored to competency for trial, the State of Texas tried Thomas for murder. Thomas pled not guilty by reason of insanity. Yet, the jury found Thomas guilty of murder after just 45 minutes of deliberation following 11 days of trial testimony and 46 witnesses during the guilt/innocence phase. The same jury reached a verdict in like time resulting in a sentence of death following the punishment phase. Mr. Anderson will discuss the trial, his team's initial post-conviction application for habeas corpus relief now pending in Texas, and the long-term prospects for his client. Children and Education: Investing in our Future Thursday, September 27 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Faegre & Benson LLP, the Century Room 2200 Wells Fargo Center 90 South Seventh Street, Minneapolis Elizabeth Sullivan will provide an overview of international human rights law, and the right to education as it is addressed in various human rights treaties. Ms. Sullivan will also examine U.S. accountability under these laws and treaties, and discuss how to effectively use human rights law to reframe public policy and advocacy concerning children and their legal rights. Minnesota Human Rights Week September 30-October 6 Minnesota Advocates is partnering with five other organizations for Minnesota Human Rights Week 2007 <http://www.mnhumanrightsweek.org/> . Events include a performance of "Speak Truth to Power: Voices from beyond the Dark" Monday, October 1 at the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Voices From Silence Post 9/11 Project Lecture Series "America's Civil Liberties: The First Casualty of a Nation at War" presented by Jeffrey J. Keyes, Briggs and Morgan, P.A. Tuesday, October 2, 11:30-1:00 P.M. at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P, 2800 LaSalle Plaza 800 LaSalle Avenue Minneapolis The suspension of habeas corpus, the grab for excessive presidential power as commander-in-chief, spying on American citizens and chilling of dissent against war policy are not abuses of government power which are limited to post - 9/11 twenty-first century America. Throughout the history of the United States, the core values of civil liberties have been attacked in the climate of fear during time of war. This lecture will place the current threat to the bill of rights in a historical perspective, taking us through the history of such abuses and the way in which brave citizens and, on occasion, the judiciary has sought to preserve constitutional freedoms. Women's Human Rights Speaker Series Tuesday, October 9 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at Briggs and Morgan, 2200 IDS Center, 80 S. 8th Street, Minneapolis Dr. Fouzia Saeed will speak on "The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Achievements and Challenges" Free and open to the public, but registration required. RSVP to Christine at cjones [at] briggs.com or 612-977-8126 by Friday, October 5th. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Application will be made for one CLE credit. More information at www.mnadvocates.org <http://www.mnadvocates.org/> .
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