Taking a Stand Against Racism — The Cost of Unequal Justice

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 PM at the Griffin Museum, 67 Shore Road, Winchester, the Network will host a program “Taking a Stand Against Racism—the Cost of Unequal Justice.” It will join with events across the country for Stand Against Racism, a movement by YWCA USA whose goal is a society free of racism and discrimination.

Stand Against Racism facilitates conversations about the issue of racism and its elimination. The Network is greatly pleased to have three eminently qualified speakers on racism for its program on Sunday and invites the community to join the conversation.
panel for the Stand Against Racism
Marian Ryan,
Middlesex District Attorney
Marian has spent her entire career prosecuting the state’s most violent felons, fighting for victims, and creating innovative crime prevention and educational initiatives. These programs include the Middlesex Opiate Task Force, the Safe Babies and Safe Kids Campaign, Middlesex county wide efforts to protect elders, workplace safety and school initiatives, and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s (MDAO) Empowering Girls program. Ryan grew up in Somerville and is a summa cum laude graduate of Emmanuel College and a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. She lives in Belmont with her husband Michael, an economist. They have two children.

Rahsaan Hall, Deputy Director of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Boston, MA
Rahsaan has been Deputy Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice since 2011, and previous to that, a staff attorney since 2008. His litigation practice focuses on Voting Rights, Police Misconduct, and Public Accommodations. As Deputy Director, he engages in legislative advocacy and community outreach on behalf of the organization in addition to maintaining caseload. Rahsaan also serves as the Director of the Voting Rights Project, which is designed to effectively channel resources and focus efforts to achieve equality and protect advances in voting rights for racial and ethnic minorities and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

David J. Harris, Managing Director of Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School David has extensive experience in many facets of civil rights issues. He currently chairs the Massachusetts Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is recognized as a leading voice for civil rights in the Boston region. He has spoken extensively at local, regional and national forums on civil rights, regional equity and fair housing having previously served with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University, a B.A. from Georgetown University and is a lecturer at Harvard Law School. He lives in West Medford with his wife and son.

Moderator will be Kathy-Ann Hart, Executive Director of the Winchester Multicultural Network.