Chicago, Illinois On 1-17-2015-A One Day Know Your Rights Forum will be held at Governors State University in the Engbretson Hall. On the top of the order of program the expert panel will discuss the “Know Your Rights” and the effects of Police Brutality which is intended to examine this historically and seemingly unsolvable issue, by giving students and attendees a complete understanding of their rights in the legal system, when dealing with the police or the courts. Also on the agenda for discussion will be the effort for organizing civil rights advocates, around the issues of Chicago, Ferguson, New York and growing community violence. The Coalition’s effort has been joined by Dr. Cornel West who will participate in select cities around the country.
During the conference the group will layout their plan for Solutions to Police Brutality. This years event closely marks the actual Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be hosted by The Criminal Justice Student Society at Governors State University.
National Bar Association President Attorney Pamela Meanes will give her perspectives on the law, the courts and the relationship between the African-American community, as well as how African-Americans can protect themselves by knowing the law and their Constitutional rights.
Pamela is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award of Merit from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the Saint Louis University Black Law Student Association’s 2008 Outstanding Attorney Award; the Washington University of St. Louis Black Law Student Association 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Public Service Award.
Tio Hardiman, Former Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate. Executive Director for CeaseFire Violence Interrupters, INC, has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999, Mr. Hardiman joined CeaseFire, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings.Tio also created the Violence Interrupters in 2004.In 2008, under Tio’s direction, CeaseFire received additional funding from the State of Illinois to immediately expand from 5 to 15 communities and from 20 to 130 Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters. Tio regularly gives perspectives to Huffington Post and CNN as a contributor.
Reverend Gregg L Greer is a prominent member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (The Organization started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Greer works as the Chicago SCLC Office Vice President in addition to his Freedom First Organization. Gregg L Greer leads a National Civil Rights Coalition of Civil Rights members from several areas including Florida, California, Arizona and New York.
Lastly While advocating on a national level Greer was an instrumental team member in overturning the execution of the Youngest Person Executed in US History-George Stinney Jr. Which resulted in an exoneration.
Human Rights Advocate Mark Clements was 16-years-old when he was tortured into confessing to crimes he did not commit by police officers under the command of Jon Burge. He spent 27 years in prison for arson and murder–and was released after the true circumstances surrounding his “confession” came to light.
Also present will be Cynthia Lane the Chicago West Side Mother who is protesting the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the Lawndale neighborhood this Past Fall. The shooting of McIntosh bares a close resemblance to the Mike Brown Ferguson case and has raised serious concerns in a city where police shootings take place with regularity and often prompt hard questions about whether they were justified.