First Human Rights Day in the USA

March 21, 2005 at Timbuktu on Center in Riverwest, Milwaukee

Initiated by South African Freedom Fighter and Catholic Priest Mathibela Sebothoma. March 21 is the anniversary of the Sharpesville Massacre of 1960, when the military and police of the racist apartheid state murdered 70, many shot in the back, sparking the final revolutionary moments that culminated in the great South African National Democratic Revolution, with perhaps the world’s most progressive constitutions, and without the bloodbath of vengeance for centuries of barbaric oppression that was widely anticipated. Father Mathi hopes to share some stories about racial reconciliation and non-violent conflict resolution in his stay in Milwaukee as an internet communications leader of the South African Catholic Priest Solidarity Movement.

Dave Boucher recently let me know that:

On March 21, 1965, than 3,000 civil rights demonstrators led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began their march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala

“Rebirth of Freedom”Celebration at the Soldiers Home of the Great Midwest

July 11, 2005

Supporters or Sponsors

Soldiers Home Foundation Board
National Association of Black Veterans
Bridge Works
Visit Milwaukee
Milwaukee Renaissance Movement

Other Sponsors To Be Invited

During the National NAACP Convention
Milwaukee July 9—11

Portions of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” cast in bronze, set in stone, alongside President Abrham Lincoln’s Gettysberg Address

4:00 Set up for food and artist vendors

5:30 Mass choir and nationally known musician, perhaps Steve Wonder.

  • Roll call of African American military heroes, including medal of honor winners, since the American Revolution.
  • Roll call of African American civilian heroes since the American Revolution.
  • Poems and songs by local young people on the Freedom Movements and “Unfinished Business of the American Revolution.”
  • African American and Minority Representatives from All 5 Services Introductions andBrief Remarks, including Women Soldiers of Color

Consecration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” for the Ages

To our knowledge this will be the first time in the history of the United States when a city has partnered with the Federal Government to pay ritualized public tribute to the contribution of veterans of color to the cause of Freedom.

If anyone knows of other such events please let us know as we could use some help in* planning and designing and executing this long overdue celebration tribute.

Remarks by invited guests from the VA, NAACP, elected officials, military and civil society leaders

7 to 9 p.m. Sacred and Exuberant Moments

All of God’s children will be invited to walk the expansive, forested grounds and witness the beauty and the grandeur of the architecture, purchase the wonderful food of our city’s chefs, the art of our emerging art community, hear the music of our children, and enjoy a transcendent tour of these hauntingly beautiful grounds, which include the graves of 43,000 soldiers and their families, going back to the War of 1812 and every war, including Buffalo Soldiers, and the graves of the soldiers and civilians who fought the bloody wars that ended 10,000 years of Western Civilization slavery, probably going back to Egypt, and who fought the war that stopped the collective madness of Nazism and Stalinism

9:00 to 10:00 p.m. Candle light tours of cemetary and prayers for peace and justice.

Second Human Rights Day in the USA, March 21, 2006 at Milwaukee Soldiers Home,

Followed by stops at sacred destinations of the 20th century movements in the USA, including small museums on the

  • history of the labor movement in Milwaukee
  • the Socialist Party
  • various ethnic and racial groups
  • the “hippies of Riverwest,” and more.

On line book groups, some hopefully reading this book and some showing up at Human Rights Day USA 2, at Timbuktu.

Awakening from the Dream: Civil Rights under Siege and the New Struggle for Equal Justice

Edited by Denise C. Morgan, Rachel D. Godsil, and Joy Moses

Table of Contents

Foreword: Erwin Chemerinsky, Alston & Bird Professor of Law, Duke Law School


Part I: The Rehnquist Court’s Federalism Revolution and Civil Rights

Chapter 1: What is Federalism, and What Does it Have to do with Civil Rights?
Federalism: The Double-Edged Sword of Liberty and Oppression
Paul Finkelman, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law

Chapter 2: The National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights Conference Introduction
Reversing the Retreat on Civil Rights
Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and Janell Byrd-Chichester, civil rights attorney, The Cochran Firm

Part II: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on the Lives of Americans

Chapter 3: African Americans
The Rehnquist Court, the Resurrection of Plessy, and the Ever-Expanding Definition of “Societal Discrimination”
Lia B. Epperson, Director of Education, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 4: Latinos
Un Pasito Pa’lante, Un Pasito Pa’tras: Latinos and the Rollback of Civil Rights
Sandra Del Valle, civil rights lawyer, Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Chapter 5: Asian Americans
Asian Americans under the Rehnquist Court: A Protracted and Ongoing Struggle for Justice and Recognition
Vincent A. Eng, Deputy Director, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium, and Julianna Lee, law student, University of Michigan Law School

Chapter 6: Women
Making a Federal Case out of Women’s Concerns: The Supreme Court’s Hostility to Civil Rights for Battered Women
Emily J. Martin, staff attorney, ACLU Women’s Rights Project

Chapter 7: Older Americans
“Narrowing the Nation’s Power”: The Impact on Older Americans
Simon Lazarus, Public Policy Counsel, National Senior Citizens Law Center

Chapter 8: Americans with Disabilities
Judicial Revision of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: Mere Fine-
Tuning? Or Ideological Backlash?
Caroline Palmer, Pro Bono Development Director, Minnesota State Bar Association

Chapter 9: Sexual Minorities

     	The Federalism Revolution and the Sexual Minority Federal Legislative

Arthur S. Leonard, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 10: Language Minorities
Language Rights and the Loss of Judicial Remedy: The Impact of Alexander v. Sandoval on Language Minorities
Rose Cuison Villazor, Human Rights Fellow, Columbia Law School

Chapter 11: Immigrant Workers
The Rollback of Immigrant Workers’ Civil Rights
Marielena Hincapié, Program Director, National Immigration Law Center, and Ana Avendaño-Denier, Associate General Counsel and Director of the Immigrant Worker Program, AFL-CIO

Part III: The Impact of the Federalism Revolution on Access to Courts to Protect Essential Services and Fundamental Rights

Chapter 12: Public Education
Reneging on the Promise of Brown: The Rehnquist Court and Education Rights
Denise C. Morgan, Professor of Law, New York Law School

Chapter 13: Health Care
The Civil Rights Rollback: It’s Bad for Your Health
Jane Perkins, Legal Director, National Health Law Program

Chapter 14: The Environment
Permitted to Pollute: The Rollback of Environmental Justice
Olga Pomar, attorney, South Jersey Legal Services, and Rachel D. Godsil, Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law

Chapter 15: Our Criminal Justice System
Federalism, Race, and Criminal Justice
Michelle Alexander, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights Clinic, Stanford Law School

Chapter 16: Our Civil Liberties
Who’s Watching the Home Front?
Barbara J. Olshansky, Deputy Director for Litigation and Organizing, Center for Constitutional Rights

Chapter 17: Immigration
Abuse of (Plenary) Power? Judicial Deference and the Post-9/11 War on Immigrants
Lori A. Nessel, Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law, and Anjum Gupta, Clinical Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Seton Hall University School of Law

Part IV: The Federalism Revolution: Principle or Politics?

Chapter 18: It’s Not About State’s Rights
Double-Talk by the Activist Supreme Court Majority
Herb Semmel, former Director, National Senior Citizens Law Center Federal Rights Project

Chapter 19: Using State Sovereignty and Federal Power to Undermine Workers’ Rights
Federalist Hypocrisy and the Preemption of State Labor Laws
Nathan Newman, Associate Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

Part V: Strategies for Reversing the Civil Rights Rollback

Chapter 20: Lessons from the Right
Fighting the Civil Rights Rollback: Lessons from the Right
Lee Cokorinos, Executive Director, Capacity Development Group, and Alfred F. Ross, Founder and President, Institute for Democracy Studies

Chapter 21: Restoring the Balance of Power in the Federal Courts
Saving the Courts
Susan Lerner, Founder and Chair, Committee for Judicial Independence, on behalf of the Equal Justice Society

Chapter 22: Revitalizing Federal Civil Rights Legislation
Protecting Ideals of Equality and Justice for All: Progressive Legislation in a Conservative Era
Joy Moses, staff attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Chapter 23: State Reform Strategies
State Strategies to Reverse the Civil Rights Rollback
Dennis D. Parker, Civil Rights Bureau Chief, New York State Attorney General’s Office

Chapter 24: Activist Strategies
We Shall Be Moved: Community Activism as a Tool for Reversing the Rollback
Andrew Friedman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Make the Road by Walking; Robert García, Executive Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest, and Erica Flores Baltodano, Assistant Director, Center for Law in the Public Interest; Julie Hyman, senior policy analyst, Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, Brad Williams, Executive Director, New York State Independent Living Council, and Tracie Crandell, policy analyst, Center for Disability Rights

Chapter 25: Student Advocacy
Building a Student Movement: Lessons Learned and Suggestions for the Future
Lisa Zeidner, student, Columbia Law School, and Luke Blocher, student, Columbia Law School

Chapter 26: Litigation Strategies
Lawyering and Litigation during the Rollback: Legal Strategies to Pursue Social Justice
Marianne Engleman Lado, General Counsel, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Appendix A: Glossary

Appendix B: Websites with Information about Federal Judicial Nominations

Appendix C: The U.S. Constitution

About the Contributors


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