Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights Upcoming Events
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
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The Andre Thomas Death Penalty Case Serious Mental Illness on Trial (or

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


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

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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