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Human Rights Awards Dinner

Chicago Chapter of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression’s 28th Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner. Theme: "Wanted: Real Justice in the Criminal Justice System." Saturday, April 28, 6:00 PM, Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. Tickets: $35. For tickets and information on program book rates, call the NAARPR at (312) 939-2750.
The Chicago Chapter of the NAARPR will host its 28th Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2001, 6 PM, at the Lutheran School of Theology, 1100 E. 55th Street. This year's program will honor Illinois State Representative Constance A. "Connie" Howard and Bill Ryan, President of the Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty, our keynote speakers, along with Attorney Lawrence Kennon and Gerald Zero, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 705.

Our theme, "Wanted: Real Justice in the Criminal Justice System," reflects the critical fight that the NAARPR and our honorees are waging against racism, police crimes, prosecutorial misconduct and the expanding prison-industrial complex that continue to threaten the basic human rights of people of color throughout our nation.

In Chicago, recent abuses including the murders of LaTanya Haggerty, Robert Russ and Quincy Birts and the unjust prosecution of Jeremiah Mearday underscore the need for our increased commitment to combat this growing and disturbing threat. While a few police officers have received suspensions or reprimands for these heinous actions, not one has been charged with a crime.

Thanks to the leadership of our honorees, we are making progress against this growing wave of repression. These courageous individuals have introduced legislation and advocated measures to end the death penalty in Illinois, curb the influence of organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police, establish democratic control of the local police forces and restore the rights of ex-offenders who have paid their debts to society. Our Human Rights Awards Dinner for 2001 will be an important demonstration of our support for their efforts and our determination and ability to keep fighting for these goals as well as to uphold the rights of working class people throughout our nation.
 
 

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