Grassroots activists will gather on Feb. 7 for the Disrupting the Injustice Narrative: The Inaugural Underground Railroad to Justice Summit at Southern University Law Center for a daylong training open to the public.
Activists will teach citizens, social workers, lawyers, and students how to navigate obstacles that they face as victims of Louisiana’s criminal justice system or advocates for justice-impacted individuals. The following panels will present:
Becoming a Legislative or Policy Advocate
Terry Landry Jr., SPLC
Will Harrell, VOTE
Becoming a Mental Health Watchdog
Rev. Alexis Anderson, PREACH
Becoming a Solitary Confinement Watchdog
Katie Swartzmann, ACLU
Becoming a Watchdog for Children of Justice-Impacted Parents
Bree Anderson, DBI
Social Workers as Watchdogs
Ben Robertson, SUNO
Becoming a Grand Jury Watchdog
The Kennon Sisters
Becoming a Felony Voting Rights Watchdog
Checo Yancy, VOTE
Becoming a Bail Reform Watchdog
Getting the Ear of the Media
Jeff Thomas, Think504
Gary Chambers, The Rouge Collection
Keynote Address by Calvin Duncan
Using Art to Advocate
Responding to Prosecutorial Misconduct
Jee Parks, IPNO
William Snowden, Vera Institute for Justice New Orleans
FREE continuing legal education credit will be offered for lawyers who attend the entire day and register by Jan. 15.
FREE continuing education units will be offered for social workers who attend the entire day and register by Jan. 15.
FREE lunch to those who register by Jan. 15.
This event is jointly hosted by the Louis A. Berry Civil Rights and Justice Institute at SULC and the Center for African and African American Studies at SUNO.