Diversity Week 2012 focuses on election issues

(Feb. 13, 2012) An election year offers an opportunity to understand how diversity plays a role on the election issues and how they intersect with race, ethnicity, culture, class, religion, gender, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation and and lived experience. Diversity Week, which runs Feb. 13- 17, is organized by the Diversity Week Planning Committee: Erika Koch, Cassandra Lynch, Lynnette Jenkins, Vanessa Ng, Alisha Trotter, Christopher Wieting, and Hannah Zommick. The schedule:

Diversity in the Law: Class, Race, & Gender on the Campaign Trail

Monday, February 13

Social Justice Monday: Diversity Week Kick-Off
A Reportback on Race, Power, and Elections-Redistricting and the Washington Voting Rights Act
Noon- 1 p.m.,C5

People of color have made significant political gains through the redistricting process. Learn about the opportunities and impacts of Washington's first people of color (POC) majority Congressional District (the 9th CD); four POC majority legislative districts including Washington's first Latino majority legislative district in Yakima (15th LD); and learn more about the current legislative campaign for the Washington Voting Rights Act.

The Reproductive Parity Act
3-4 p.m., C-6

Join us for a discussion about the Reproductive Parity Act (HB 2330/SB 6185). This new bill would require health insurers offering maternity care to also cover voluntary termination of pregnancy, making Washington the first state to link requiring abortion coverage to maternity care. In light of recent legislation across the United States, the Reproductive Parity Act is a ground breaking, controversial bill with important impacts for women.  Sponsored by WLC and HRN        

Tuesday, February 14

From Rep. Cindy Ryu to Ambassador Gary Locke: Why Asian candidates win and why they fail
Noon - 1 p.m., 109

Assunta Ng will cover the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful campaigns of Asian Pacific Islanders candidates in the Puget Sound region and how they affected the campaign outcomes. Through her weekly newspapers, Ms. Ng has covered almost all of the campaigns with API candidates in her thirty years as the founding publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly and Seattle Chinese Post. Sponsored by APILSA.

Resource Disparities in Local Politics for grass-roots activists, the poor, and the homeless
2- 3 p.m., Courtroom

By speaking of their own experiences, Tim Harris and Gary Manca will raise awareness of the resource disparities/advantages that exist in politics and campaigns between different classes. Both speakers are involved with Protect Seattle Now, an organization that campaigned for Seattle residents to vote "no" on Ref. 1 (the ballot measure to approve the current plan and progress of the Seattle City Council on the Highway 99 Tunnel Project). In its campaign, the organization fought an uphill battle against Ref. 1 proponents. The proponents were comprised of the City Attorney's Office, pro-business groups, and labor groups, who had access to virtually unlimited resources. This experience underscores the advantages that some groups have over others in local politics. In addition, Mr. Harris will speak of broader issues affecting the homeless and the poor.  Sponsored by SUTLA. If interested, please RSVP to SUTLA TWEN pag 

Pot and Politics
4-5 p.m., C-5

The panel will center around the effect of drug enforcement laws on minorities. The speakers will discuss how decriminalizing marijuana will positively affect minorities in Washington and how this legislation that may positively affect minorities. Sponsored by ACLU @ SU. 

Wednesday, February 15

Film-screening of COINTELPRO 101
4- 5:50 p.m., C-5

The history of social movement groups from various racial backgrounds and the government's attempt to stop their growth. The intended audiences are the generations that did not experience social justice movements of the sixties and seventies. Sponsored by BLSA and CJS.  If interested, please RSVP to barberm1@seattleu.edu

Identification/Citizenship Requirements for Voter Registration
7- 8 p.m., C-5

There are some laws in the state Legislature, in addition to laws that have been passed around the country, restricting the ability of voters to register and vote without a government-issued photo ID and/or proof of citizenship. The panel will discuss the negative disparate discriminatory effect on minority voters and how this is becoming a big issue related to race on the campaign trail. Sponsored by YD. 

Thursday, February 16

 Day 1 CLE: Symposium on Racial Bias & the Criminal Justice System

Seattle University Law Review in partnership with the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System and the Lawyering in a Diverse World program present a two-day Symposium on Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System.  The Diversity Week Reception following the CLE on Thursday, February 16 will provide an opportunity for our law students, symposium panelists and attorneys to meet and engage with each other further on these topics.  Keynote speaker, Judge Arthur Burnett, Sr., will discuss how drug policies have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Free for students, but registration is required.

To register for the symposium, please click here. 

Diversity Week Reception
5:30-7 p.m., Second Floor Gallery

The Diversity Week Reception will provide an opportunity for our law students, symposium panelists and attorneys to network.  Keynote speaker, Judge Arthur Burnett, Sr., will discuss how drug policies have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Kindly register to attend by clicking here.

Friday, February 17
Day 2 CLE: Symposium on Racial Bias & the Criminal Justice System

Seattle University Law Review in partnership with the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System and the Lawyering in a Diverse World program present a two-day Symposium on Racial Bias and the Criminal Justice System.  Free for students, but registration is required.
To register for the symposium, please click here.|

Asian Americans in Judicial Positions
Noon-1 p.m., Courtroom
Judge Lum and Judge Kondo will lead a panel discussion on Asian Pacific Islanders involved in the campaign trail and give ways for API's to get more exposure while campaigning.  Sponsored by APILSA. If interested, please RSVP to akllouie@gmail.com

 

 

Sullivan Hall
Second Floor Gallery