The Elusiveness of Equal Protections

Fri. March 20, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

City Council Chambers

605 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Hosted by: Amnesty International - Charlottesville


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Join César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (Migrating to Prison), Alec Karakatsanis (Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal), and Asma T. Uddin (When Islam is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom) as they share perspectives on discrimination and criminalization, prompt a hard look at our desensitization to human rights encroachments, and question the status quo in a bid to restore humanity to the criminal justice and immigration systems. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“[Migrating to Prison is] A thought-provoking perspective on immigration and U.S. immigration policy.”—Library Journal

“An accessible history and fierce critique of the U.S. immigration system. . . .  [Hernández’s] thoughtful mixture of reportage and legal scholarship makes for an important entry in the immigration debate.” —Publishers Weekly

“Alec Karakatsanis is a leading voice in the legal struggle to dismantle mass incarceration, this century’s defining civil rights issue. What he says cannot be ignored.” —James Forman, Jr., Pulitzer Prize winning author of Locking Up Our Own

“A devastating indictment of the legal profession by one of our most important young lawyers, Usual Cruelty cuts to the core of what is critical to understand about our legal system, and about ourselves. Every law student and lawyer should read this book.” —Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU

“Uddin pushes back forcefully on anti-Muslim sentiment in this reasoned, approachable book. Uddin’s thorough research, formidable intelligence, and eloquent prose are evident throughout, and she persuasively dismantles misconceptions about American Muslims. The work provides an accessible introduction to key Islamic concepts alongside a clarion call for the protection of everyone’s religious rights. Readers interested in the current political struggles of Muslim Americans or the legal issues surrounding religious liberties will find much to ponder in Uddin’s excellent work.” —Publishers Weekly