Exciting news — Free Marissa Now leaders Aleta Alston-Toure’ and Alisa Bierria will take part in a hearing on Stand Your Ground being held on Tuesday, March 25 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. They will join the father of Jordan Davis, the mother of Trayvon Martin and other distinguished guests in addressing the impact of stand your grounds on communities of color.
The hearing can be watched live at http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/
The next Free Marissa Now conference call on Wed., April 9, at 7:30pm ET will include a report on this and other developments in Marissa’s case.
More information below from the NAACP press release on the hearing:
11:30am ET, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, Washington, DC
Watch the Live Webcast at of Hearing at http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/
Sybrina Fulton, Mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin; Ron Davis,
Father of slain teenager Jordan Davis; Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP
Interim President and CEO; Ahmad Abuznaid Esq, Legal & Policy Director
Dream Defenders Inc.; Aleta Alston-Toure, Free Marissa Now; Caroline
Bettinger-López, Esq, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
and Director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami
School of Law; Meena Jagannath, Esq, Community Justice Project Florida
Legal Services, Inc.; Alisa Bierria,Free Marissa Now & Center for Race
& Gender, UC Berkeley; Hilary Shelton; NAACP Sr. Vice President for
Policy & Advocacy/ Washington Bureau Director; Charlotte Joseph
Cassel, M.P.H., University of Miami School of Law Human Rights Clinic;
Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director
On March 25th, the 150th session of The Inter-American Commission on
(IACHR) will convene a hearing to examine the impact of stand your
on minority communities in the United States. Representatives from the US government will also be on hand to respond
to the testimony.
The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of
American States whose mission is to promote and protect human rights
in the American hemisphere.
The IACHR hearing comes on the heels of the UN Human Rights
Committee’s review of
compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR), where a committee member stated “stand your ground
laws are incompatible with ICCPR Covenant Article 6 providing an
inherent right to life.”
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