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Rally for Rights

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 21:00 - Friday, April 8, 2011 - 21:00

The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network is proud to announce that the Rally for Rights Conference will be held on April 8th and 9th at Northwestern University in Chicago.  

The Rally for Rights is a community conversation over the most pressing issues pertaining to rights in the United States. Organizations dealing with issues related to worker's rights, immigrant rights, consumer rights, and citizens' rights in terms of civil liberties and privacy rights will be on hand giving lectures on the state of these issues and outlining concrete steps for progress in these areas, as well as fielding questions and answers in panel discussions. These panel discussions will feature city alderman from Chicago wards, representatives from organizations close to their particular issue, and importantly, students interested in policy in the particular rights area under discussion.

Partner organizations will present information on the state of rights for this group (i.e. immigrants, workers, etc.), the work  and progress that's been done recently, and challenges up ahead, but most importantly organizations should present the specific work that can be done now and through which institutions in order to further the cause of equal justice. Alderman should come prepared to talk about rights issues affecting their wards, particularly with regard to housing rights and immigrants' rights. These panel discussions will be unique opportunities for both officials in the system of government, the Alderman, and organizations serving their particular communities to talk about what has been done and what can be done on behalf of the rights of these communities. While these panel discussions will focus on work that needs to be done in Chicago's wards, the strategy of implementing rights reform will be looked at to see how applicable rights reform in these areas-particularly housing and immigrants' rights can be done across the country for areas facing the same challenges. With lectures from national organizations dealing in rights reform we will keep a broad watch on what need to be done for people all over the United States.

In addition to these lectures and panel discussions, the Rally for Rights will feature brief student presentations made following or in conjunction with organizations around their topic. Student presentations will include a plan for ICE immigration policy reform by Senior Fellow Bhav Patel and a brief presentation on a .pdf guide to your rights written by Equal Justice Strategist Erik Singh

Details and registration information available here