Mass Incarceration: Roots, Reality, Resistance

Date: Mar. 4th, 2019 @ 12pm

12 p.m.-1:30 p.m., March 4, 2019 at WSU Law School, 471 W. Palmer Street, Detroit, Mich. 48202.

A panel of speakers will address and lead a discussion on mass incarceration. Presenters include:

  • Ed Sanders — Former juvenile lifer, now working with State Appellate Defenders Office (SADO) with its re-entry program as a paralegal.
  • Heather Ann Thompson — Historian, activist, college professor and author from Detroit. Heather wrote “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy,” which was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for History.
  • Yusef Bunchy Shakur — Founder of the Urban Network and Restoring the Neighbor Back to the Hood Backpack Giveaway, Shakur was convicted at 19 and sentenced to serve 5-15 years in prison. It was in prison where he first met his father and his thirst for knowledge flourished.

March 4, 2019
12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
WSU Law School
471 West Palmer Street
Partrich Auditorium
Detroit, Mich. 48201
Free to the public. Light lunch served.

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Kim Redigan Recounts Recent Human Rights Mission to U.S.-Mexico Border/2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31, 2019/Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery/Detroit

Sponsored by MCHR; Citizens for Peace; Gray Panthers of Metro Detroit & Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery 

Detroit activist Kim Redigan recently traveled to the Mexico-U.S. border at Tijuana, where she witnessed the trauma imposed by an immigration system that criminalizes asylum seekers. In her first-hand account, Kim will talk of people fleeing the violence of poverty, civil war and the long history of U.S. intervention.

2:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 31, 2019
Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery
33 E. Adams
Detroit, Mich.  48226
(At Woodward/Just west of Comerica Park)

Free admission.
Public welcome.

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April 14, 2019, MCHR Annual Dinner at Marygrove College, Keynote Speaker is U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib

Reception: 4 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m.

The MCHR Annual Dinner will be held April 14, 2018 at Marygrove College in Detroit.

U.S. House Representative Rashida Tlaib will deliver the keynote address.

MCHR will also recognize several individuals and groups for their human rights activism:
  • Lifetime Achievement Award — Sam Stark and Kae Halonen
  • Organization Award — East Michigan Environmental Council (EMEAC)
  • Youth Activist Award — Jonathon Roberts
  • Special Recognition — Colombian GM Workers

For more information on tickets, sponsorships or dinner program advertising, contact Chantelle Yancy at or 313-775-0442.

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