Wednesday, July 08, 2015

NAACP Plenary Session Info

more news on the NAACP Annual Convention being held in Philadelphia:

On Monday, July 13th, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will address NAACP delegates at the First Plenary Session of the 106th NAACP Annual Convention.

President Brooks will articulate his vision for the NAACP, discuss the recent events occurring across the country including the fight over taking down the Confederate Battle flag, the recent string of church burnings in the south, the tragic shooting and loss of nine lives at Emanuel AME Church, the on-going campaign against excessive use of force by police and the discriminatory criminal justice policies that negatively affect communities of color. The theme of this year’s convention is, “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.”

Brooks, a longtime lawyer and human rights activist, formerly served as the President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice based in Newark, N.J. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts from Jackson State University, a Master of Divinity from Boston University and JD from Yale Law School.

The plenary session will also feature a panel discussion on the role of prosecutors in criminal justice reform. The session will focus on the role prosecutors are playing in the administration of justice in this country. The panelist will discuss how prosecutors are using their discretionary power to address inequities in the justice system. Additionally, the panel will discuss the efforts of prosecutors to overturn wrongful convictions of innocent citizens, and efforts by advocates, legislators and academics to reform the grand jury process and take other measures to make sure the criminal justice system operates fairly and free from bias.

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