Justice talks aplenty at Evergreen conference

Staff writerApril 19, 2014 

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Rachel Corrie Foundation mass incarceration conference

    Where: The Evergreen State College.

    When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Keynote Address: Angela Davis and Noura Erakat will speak at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 7 p.m.

    Tickets: Adults $17, students $7, low-income $7.

    Information: 360-754-399, rachelcorriefoundation.org.

The Rachel Corrie Foundation For Peace and Justice will host an all-day conference titled “Yet Again As Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine,” Saturday at The Evergreen State College and The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the Longhouse on the Evergreen campus and will run until 4 p.m. A keynote discussion with human rights activists Angela Davis and Noura Erakat moderated by Savvina Chowdhury will take place at The Washington Center at 7 p.m.

Erakat, an attorney for the Badil Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights, views the conference as a prime opportunity to make people more aware of what she alleges to be an ongoing suppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government.

Davis came to prominence in the 1960s as a counterculture figure with close ties to the Black Panther Party and the civil rights movement. For the past several years she has been one of the loudest voices in the country in opposition to the prison system in America. In 2011, she gave the commencement address at The Evergreen State College.

Other talks throughout the day will cover issues such as youth incarceration, transformative justice, prisoner resistance and death penalty abolition.

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