Cynthia McKinney headlines NAARPR Awards Dinner Oct. 13
Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia, will be the keynote speaker at the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression-Chicago Chicago Human Rights Awards Dinner and Program on Saturday October 13, 2007. The diner will start at 5:30 pm, and the program at 7. The event will be at the Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Dinner tickets are $50 and tickets for the program only are $10. Please send your order for tickets to the Alliance office:
The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression-Chicago
1325 S. Wabash Ave. Suite 105
Chicago IL 60605
If your order for tickets is received after October 6 we will call you and your tickets will be held at the door.
There is also a program book in which organizations and individuals may purchase greetings to the Alliance, Rep. McKinney, and/or our honorees. A form with the cost schedule for placing a greeting as attached. Greetings should be emailed to info@... and checks sent to the above address. Greetings will not be accepted much longer.
Dr. Linda Murray, Chief Medical Officer, Cook County Department of Public Health, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. The theme this year, “Protecting Civil Liberties and Civil rights,” reflects the great concern that the Patriot Act and illegal detentions and intrusions on privacy in the name of fighting terrorism are eroding provisions of the Constitution and Bill of Rights that guarantee freedom and liberty for all people.
Ms. McKinney is noted for her courageous stand against the Patriot Act and the funding of the war in Iraq. She also has campaigned to abolish the death penalty.
Recipients of the 2007 Human Rights Award are Gloria Johnson-Ester and Virginia Clements, mothers who are putting up a valiant fight, along with the NAARPR, for justice for their sons and other incarcerated individuals. We are in the midst of a campaign to secure appropriate health care for Montell Johnson, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis and dementia, and we are working to secure a new trial for Mark Clements. Forced, at age sixteen to confess to a crime he did not commit, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and has been incarcerated for 26 years.
Other honorees are Dr. Connie Mennella, Ms. Mary Muse and Howard and Rosalind Morgan. Dr. Mennella and Ms. Muse are Correctional Health Care Champions who are being given the award for the exemplary work they have done to maintain high standards of medical care for prisoners. And Howard and Rosalind Morgan are being honored for the brave stand they have taken in the face of police brutality and outrageous charges of attempted murder of police brought against Mr. Morgan, when in fact, it was Mr. Morgan who was shot twenty-eight times by the police.
The NAARPR grew out of the struggle to free Angela Davis from a racist frame-up on murder charges in California in 1973. Over the years the Alliance has campaigned successfully for the release of many persons falsely charged and sentenced to death or long prison terms.
Today the NAARPR continues the struggle against injustices by working to end police brutality and wrongful convictions and to abolish the prison-industrial complex that targets and incarcerates a disproportionate number of African Americans, other minorities and poor people.