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8th Biannual Southern Human Rights Organizers’ Conference

December 10-12, 2010, Birmingham, Alabama**

**Subject to Additions and Corrections

Friday, December 10, 2010

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Registration

10:00 AM -11:00 AM Opening Press Conference

Community Leaders and SHROC Participants observe Human Rights Day!
Representatives from the Excluded Workers Congress announce the release
of a report that examines the plight of Excluded Workers

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Direct Action in Support of Domestic Workers

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Youth Summit

12:30PM - 1:30 PM Lunch on your own

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Plenary I: State of the Global Struggle for Human Rights
Panelists will discuss current conditions in their countries and the need for a
unified International Human Rights Movement

Moderator: Ajamu Baraka, Executive Director, U.S. Human Rights Network

Panelists: Jorge Veloz, Venezuela
Charo Mina Rojas, Columbia
Wadner Pierre, Haiti
Eimia Woods, Liberia

4:00 PM - 5:30PM Plenary II: Resourcing the Movement: Developing Alternative Funding Models
This panel will open up much needed dialogue about how grassroots organizations
can more effectively sustain their work through the development of alternative funding
sources, while simultaneously advocating for increased foundation support across the
southern region.

Moderators: Pam McMichael, Highlander Center

LaTosha Brown, Gulf Coast Advisory Fund

Panelists: Not confirmed at this time

6:00 PM Board buses for 16th Street Baptist Church Reception and Cultural Explosion

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Reception Honoring Local Human Rights and Social Justice Activists

7:30 PM- 10:00 PM Cultural Explosion

Speaker: Attorney Rose Sanders, Founder of the National Voting Rights Museum
Presentation of Human Rights Awards
Performances by local, national and international “Spoken Word” artists

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Registration


Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

Solidarity Messages:
Local, National and International

9:30 AM - 11:15 AM Plenary III: From Exclusion to Power– Advancing the Fight for Human Rights
& Dignity
This plenary will feature voices of “excluded” workers, who will tell their stories,
share strategies for organizing successful human rights campaigns and building
Moderators: Erica Smiley, Jobs With Justice
Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Workers’ for Justice

Panelists: James Adams, All of Us or None

Gabby Ramerez, Alabama Day Laborers
Aby Raju, Alliance of Guest Workers for Dignity
Rodney Cole, Community to Protect the Homeless
Joycelyn Alison Gill-Campbell, Domestic Workers United

11:15 AM- 11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Concurrent Strategy Sessions:

1. Lawyering for Human Rights

David Gespass, National Lawyers Guild
Charmel Gaulden, Gulf Coast Fair Housing Center
Flint Taylor, Peoples Law Office

2. Racial Profiling: Building Solidarity and Collective Resistance

Nsombi Lambright, ACLU of Mississippi

3. Resourcing the Southern Human Rights Movement- Alternative Models

Pam McMichael, Highlander Center
LaTosha Brown, Gulf Coast Advisory Fund

4. Gaining Ground for Excluded Workers

Erica Smiley, Jobs With Justice
Sarah White, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights
Jill Shenker, National Domestic Worker Alliance
Joycelyn Alison Gill-Campbell, Domestic Workers United

5. Education & Human Rights– Crashing the School House to Jail House Train
Damon Hewitt, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mattie Stoddard, MS Coalition for the Prevention of School House to Jail House

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6. Shaming and Exposure: How to Build Successful Corporate Campaigns
Gabby Remerez, Alabama Day Laborers
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (Presenter to be Confirmed)
Farm Labor Organizing Committee (Presenter to be Confirmed)

7. From Storms to Unnatural Disasters: Environmental Human Rights Strategies

for Creating Safe Communities
Naeema Muhammad, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
Tracey Washington, Louisiana Justice Institute
Monique Harden, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights

8. Immigration: Human Rights or Reform– Campaigning for Justice and Human

Rights– Models for Engagement
Bill Chandler, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
Maria Jemenez, CRECEAN
Tirso Moreno, Farm Workers Association of Florida

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Luncheon

Speaker: Benjamin Todd Jealous, President/CEO of NAACP

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Plenary IV: From Margins to Victory

Plenary speakers discuss important wins and the fight going forward

Moderator: Sarah White, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

James Shackelford, Alabama Mid-South Council of RWDSU
Saladin Muhammad, UE Local 150/Black Workers for Justice
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
ROC United

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Call to Action– Get on the Bus!!!

4:30 PM - 7:00 PM Direct Action led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Location: Publix Supermarket, Birmingham

8:00 PM- 11:00 PM International Film Festival and Discussion

Coordinators: Shelley Inniss
Kali Akuno
Efia Mwangaza
Taliba Obuya

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Interfaith Service

Opening Prayer: Father Jeremy Tobin, Jackson, MS

Other Faith Leaders to be Confirmed

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Concurrent Strategies Sessions

1. Campaigning for the Rights of Excluded Workers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Perceta Tuggle, Oakley Training School Workers
Joycelyn Alison Gill- Campbell, Domestic Workers United

2. UN UPR: Human Rights and Political Prisoners

Efia Mwangaza, Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination

3. Islamaphobia– Causes and Remedies

Farook Chandiwala, Birmingham Interfaith Human Rights Committee

4. Young Peoples Assembly

Representatives from the Youth Summit

5. Culture as the Seed of Resistance

Sade Turnipseed, House of Khafre

6. Organizing the South– Building Workers and Community Organizations

for Power
Saladin Muhammad, Black Workers for Justice
Ajamu Dillahunt, UE Local 150
Jaribu Hill, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

7. Health Care/Wellness is a Human Right

Presenters to be Confirmed

8. Taking Back the Land– A Human Rights Campaign

Kali Akuno, U.S. Human Rights Network
Other Presenters to be Confirmed

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM - 12:30 AM Call to Action

Speakers: Chokwe Lumumba
Brenda Stokely
Other Speakers to be Confirmed

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Wrap-UP/Report Backs/Closing Ceremony

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