Evanston Township High School will host “American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity, and Making a Difference” with Bryan Stevenson on Monday, March 23 at 7:00pm in the school auditorium. Presented in partnership with the Family Action Network (FAN), the event is free and open to the public. CPDUs are available for educators.
An activist attorney, Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy, which addresses mass incarceration in America and the disconnection most experience with the realities of the criminal justice system. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, he is the Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL. He is a law professor at New York University School of Law and a member of the new Task Force on 21st Century Policing created by President Obama in December 2014.
Stevenson has received wide acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color, having won relief for over 100 prisoners on death row. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” His 2012 TED talk, “We need to talk about an injustice,” has been viewed more than 2 million times and asserts that the character of a society is judged how they treat the poor, the condemned, and the incarcerated.
The March 23 presentation is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern University School of Law, the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project of the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of The University of Chicago Law School, the Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, First Defense Legal Aid, the James P. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, North Park University Conflict Transformation Program, Northminster Presbyterian Church, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, and the YWCA/Evanston-North Shore.
ETHS is located at 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. The auditorium is wheelchair accessible. Guests should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to 7:00pm to find parking and seats. Parking is recommended in the lot across from the main entrance, off of Dodge Avenue, or in the lots behind the high school. Parking is also available along Dodge Avenue according to posted City of Evanston signs.
For more information about FAN events and sponsors for the 2014-15 presentations, visit www.familyactionnetwork.net.