Race, Poverty & Justice and the
U.S. Criminal Justice System 2015

 

The annual Article 3 Advisors Human Rights Day luncheon is a time to pause, reflect and focus on a pressing human rights issue. A stimulating, thought provoking and engaging event intended for philanthropists, activists, practitioners, civic leaders, and change agents who are oriented towards understanding complex issues, passing on knowledge and acting on solutions. It is our hope that this convening is a catalyst for a rich dialogue and a deeper understanding among key stakeholders and provides funders an opportunity to engage and impact the criminal justice space. 

Human rights day 2015 focused on “Race, Poverty & Justice”, a topic deeply rooted in social, political and economic history and profoundly relevant to current events. The program's featured speaker, Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative, examined the state of the criminal justice system through a human rights lens, and explored a range of issues from harsh punishments to mass incarceration, with domestic effects and international ramifications.

Following the program, we invited guests to dine and continue the conversation while a cross-sector panel exchanged ideas from their own perspectives. Lunch was served by Charles Phan's (Slanted Door) catering group, Green Cap Catering.


Honorary Host Committee

Supervisor London Breed, Shannon Sedgwick Davis, 
Carla Emil, Will Fitzpatrick, Attorney General Kamala Harris,
Van Jones, Tracy Mack Parker, Areyh Neier, Randy Newcomb,
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Jean Oelwang, Sally Osberg, 
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader, 
Anthony Romero and Ken Roth


Human Rights Day 2015 Photos

Photography via Kathleen Harrison


Featured Speaker: 
Bryan Stevenson

The Opposite Of Poverty Is Not Wealth. In Too Many Places, The Opposite Of Poverty Is Justice.
— Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court banning mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Read full bio >>

Bryan Stevenson is America’s young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.
— Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and Just Mercy is extraordinary.
— Michelle Alexander
 

 
 

Special Guest:
Anthony Ray Hinton

Mr. Hinton was wrongfully convicted and recently released after spending 30 years on death row. He was represented by Bryan Stevenson and the team at the Equal Justice Initiative. 

One of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence, Mr. Hinton is the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. Read more>>


Roundtable Participants

   George Gascón , San Francisco District Attorney  Mr. Gascón has earned a national reputation as a criminal justice visionary that uses evidence based practices to lower crime and make communities safer. He is the first Latino to hold the office in San Francisco and is the nation’s first police chief to become District Attorney.   Read more >>   


George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney

Mr. Gascón has earned a national reputation as a criminal justice visionary that uses evidence based practices to lower crime and make communities safer. He is the first Latino to hold the office in San Francisco and is the nation’s first police chief to become District Attorney.

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   Bryan Stevenson , Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative  Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.   Read more >>


Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults.

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  [Moderator]  Randy Newcomb , President and CEO, Humanity United  As President and CEO, Randy Newcomb leads all aspects of Humanity United’s strategic planning, development, and operations. He works closely with the organization’s founders and Board of Trustees to ensure that Humanity United achieves its long-term mission and strategic objectives.   Read more >>


[Moderator] Randy Newcomb, President and CEO, Humanity United

As President and CEO, Randy Newcomb leads all aspects of Humanity United’s strategic planning, development, and operations. He works closely with the organization’s founders and Board of Trustees to ensure that Humanity United achieves its long-term mission and strategic objectives.

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   Jeanne Woodford,  Former Warden at San Quentin State Prison  Ms. Woodford is a criminal justice consultant, retired Chief of Adult Probation for the City and County of San Francisco, former Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the former Warden of San Quentin State Prison.   Read more >>


Jeanne Woodford, Former Warden at San Quentin State Prison

Ms. Woodford is a criminal justice consultant, retired Chief of Adult Probation for the City and County of San Francisco, former Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the former Warden of San Quentin State Prison.

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   Alison Parker , Director of U.S. Programs at Human Rights Watch  Ms. Parker guides Human Rights Watch’s work on national security, immigration, and criminal justice in the United States. From 2001-2002, she served as a Sandler fellow and the organization's director of refugee policy, in both positions documenting and advocating against violations of the rights of refugees around the world.   Read more >>     


Alison Parker, Director of U.S. Programs at Human Rights Watch

Ms. Parker guides Human Rights Watch’s work on national security, immigration, and criminal justice in the United States. From 2001-2002, she served as a Sandler fellow and the organization's director of refugee policy, in both positions documenting and advocating against violations of the rights of refugees around the world.

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  [Master of Ceremonies]  Dana King,  Commissioner, Oakland Public Ethics Commission and Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Dominican University of California  Dana King traveled the world during her 25-year career as a broadcast journalist.  She reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Taiwan, Kosovo, Central America, Ghana and Rwanda. King is the recipient of 5 Emmy Awards. She also earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting on the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide.   Read more>>


[Master of Ceremonies] Dana King, Commissioner, Oakland Public Ethics Commission and Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Dominican University of California

Dana King traveled the world during her 25-year career as a broadcast journalist.  She reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Taiwan, Kosovo, Central America, Ghana and Rwanda. King is the recipient of 5 Emmy Awards. She also earned an Edward R. Murrow Award for her reporting on the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide.

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