Archive for 2012

Human Rights Day Program

December 10, 2012        5:00 PM

Keynote Speaker:    Dr. Marvin McMickle, President 
                            Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

Theme: Michelle Alexander’s bestselling book:

Community Potluck   5:00 PM
Call for Solidarity and Action: Ream Kidane   7:00 PM
Keynote: Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle   7:15 PM
Panel: Rosemary Rivera, Ricardo Adams, Maurice Miller   7:45 PM 
Audience questions and comments   8:00 PM
Moderators: Mary Boite and Steve Jarose

The New Jim Crow by Dr. Alexander demonstrates how the human rights of millions of African Americans (as well as many Latinos and poor whites) have been systematically violated by the so-called “War on Drugs.” Mass incarceration  turns them into felons, disenfranchising and impoverishing them in a way not seen since the days of the old “Jim Crow.” 

During 2013 we will be coordinating with the efforts of other Rochester groups including the Rochester Public Library, Action for a Better Community, Facing Race=Embracing Equity (FREE formerly RISE), Judicial Process Commission, Moving Beyond Racism and Metro Justice to call attention to and plan action to overcome the continuing, unacceptable racist policies that prevent people of color from full participation in our society.

For further information : 
George Dardess (gdardess (at ) yahoo dot com) or Gail Mott (interconnect_mott (at) frontiernet dot net)

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Human Rights Day - December 10th

International Human Rights Day is December 10, 2012

This year the Rochester Human Rights Day Committee will be inviting the community to a gathering to discuss

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -

Michelle Alexander’s important new addition to the conversation on race and racism.

“What is The New Jim Crow and what can we do about it?” features a keynote by Dr. Marvin McMickle, President of Colgate Divinity School, a panel of respondents – people affected directly by our policy of mass incarceration, and a call for solidarity by all our community.

You will hear from us again soon with a call to co-sponsor and be a part of the solution.  Keep checking back for details!

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Leaves of Compassion: Discovering Joy in God’s Justice

The Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Public Policy Committee
Anti-Racism Committee
Oasis, Rochester

Leaves of Compassion:
Discovering Joy in God’s Justice

October 13, 2012
9:30AM - 3:30 PM
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church,
122 Liberty Street
Bath, New York

For Web Site Registration:

Handicap Accessible
Register early, space is limited!

·          Office of Multicultural Affairs, Nazareth College
·          Center for the Congregation in Public Life, CRCDS
·          Rural and Migrant Ministry, Western New York
·          Human Rights Day Planning Committee, Rochester
·          Ecumenical Community Forum of Southern Tier
·          Catholic Charities, Steuben County
·          YWCA of Rochester Stand Against Racism Advisory Board
·          Faith in Action Network (GRCC)
·          Office of Social Planning, Catholic Family Center of Rochester
·          Episcopal Senior Life Communities

The Rev. Dana Horrell, Methodist Minister and Director of the Center for the
Congregation in Public Life at Colgate Rochester, Crozer Divinity School. He is also Pastor of Jordan United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Deborah Duguid-May, an Episcopal priest from South Africa, with training in local and international human rights work, is now working within the Diocese of Rochester.  Rev. Duguid-May is currently studying towards a doctorate in ministry.

The Rev. Kit Tobin, Oasis Rochester,
Integrity USA Diocesan Coordinator; the Rev. Susan Kohlmeier, parent of transgender son; John Clinton Bradley, previous Executive Director Integrity USA; Neil Houghton, Provincial Council Representative, General Convention 2012 Deputy.

The Rev. Canon Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Rochester and was a member of Interfaith Peace Builders Delegation to Israel/Palestine, 2008 and 2010.

Dain Perry is a descendant of New England’s largest slave-trading family.  Constance Perry is a descendant of an enslaved family.  Dain participated in the making of the documentary, Traces of the Trade.  Their mission now is to bring emphasis on the need for repentance and reparation

Breakout Workshops
Workshop 1: Economic Justice, The Rev. Dana Horrell (Sponsored by the Public Policy Committee)   The Bible gives us abundant resources for being open to the economic struggles of others, yet the American tradition of individualism often instructs us to put self-interest first.  This workshop addresses policy issues related to economic justice from the perspective of covenant, community, and the common good.

Workshop 2: Our God is Undocumented,The Rev. Deborah Duguid-May (Sponsored by Rural and Migrant Ministry)   This workshop will explore the immigration context within the United States and how people of faith can become advocates in the face of injustice to immigrants..

Workshop 3: Challenges of Inclusion, Toward Respecting the Dignity of Every Human Being  (Sponsored by Oasis)   With the documentary “Out of the Box” and a panel discussion, we will explore positive ways to support state & federal GENDA & ENDA bills, as well as resources for discussing often misunderstood gender identity and expression issues.

Workshop 4: Christians in Palestine - Life Under Occupation, The Rev. Canon Dr. C. Denise Yarbrough (Sponsored by the Office of Inter-religious and Ecumenical Relations of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester) This workshop examines the situation in occupied Palestinian territories from the point of view of Palestinian Christians.  Clips from the video resource Steadfast Hope will be shared and we will focus on how people of faith can become advocates and supporters of the Palestinians.       

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