April 17, 2015 -- From the Classroom to the Courthouse: Bringing Human Rights Home to the U.S.
Margaret Huang, Chief of Staff and Deputy Executive Director of Campaigns and Programs for Amnesty International USA, was a Clason speaker at Western New England University School of Law on April 17, 2015. In her role, she directs Amnesty's programmatic work, serves as chief strategist for the organization's priority campaigns, and supervises the day-to-day operations of the $35 million organization. She spoke about the growth and increasing sophistication of the domestic human rights movement in the U.S. over the last decade, including understanding its focus on the school to prison pipeline, the problems of racial profiling and mass incarceration, and the recent grassroots mobilization around police accountability. She gave examples from Ferguson to Staten Island, from Madison to Cleveland, of how individual stories of young black men shot by law enforcement have galvanized youth and other activists in a pivotal movement to demand change. Human rights activism is needed to help bridge grassroots organizing efforts and legal advocacy for state and federal reforms.