Agenda

“Whose Poverty? Whose Crime? Unlocking the Criminalization of Poverty”

Welcome
  • Mary Louise Frampton
    Faculty Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
Introduction
  • Rachel F. Moran
    Robert D. and Leslie Kay-Raven Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change
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Day 1 THURSDAY, March 6, 2008

All events will take place in Booth Auditorium, Boalt Hall

11:45am-12:00pm Registration in Laub Lobby, outside of Booth Auditorium
Lunch provided

12:00-1:30pm State Action, Community Perspectives and the Moral Order
PANELISTS -

  • Rebecca Alexander, Ph.D. Candidate, Education, U.C. Berkeley, ISSC Fellow
  • Juan Herrera, Ph.D. Student, Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, ISSC Fellow
  • Nicol U, Ph.D. Candidate, Ethnic Studies, U.C. Berkeley, ISSC Fellow
  • Moderator Victoria Robinson, Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Study of American Cultures, U.C. Berkeley

1:45-3:15pm Breaking It Down: The Root Causes of the Criminalization of Poverty
PANELISTS -

  • Monique Morris, Director of Research, Senior Research Fellow, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
  • Paul Boden, Coordinator, Western Regional Advocacy Project
  • James Garrett, Division Dean, Peralta Community College District
  • Moderator Steven C. Pitts, U.C. Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

3:15-3:45pm Welfare Queens performance

4:00pm Robert D. and Leslie-Kay Raven Lecture on Access to Justice 
SPEAKER -

  • Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
    “The Criminalization of Poverty and the Biopolitics of Race”
    The Raven Lecture is sponsored by the Thelton E. Henderson Center
    for Social Justice, U.C. Berkeley School of Law.

5:30pm Reception in Laub Lobby

 

Day 2 FRIDAY, March 7, 2008

All events will take place in the Goldberg Room, 297 Simon Hall.

8:30am Continental breakfast and registration

9:00-9:15am Opening remarks

  • Mary Louise Frampton, Faculty Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
  • Rachel Moran, Director, Institute for the Study of Social Change

9:15-10:45am Poor Crimes: How the United States Punishes People Living in Poverty 
PANELISTS -

  • Carlos Mares, Founder, Lucha Unida del Jornalero
  • Tirien Steinbach, Executive Director, East Bay Community Law Center, U.C. Berkeley School of Law
  • Elisa Della-Piana, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights of San Francisco
  • Moderator Jeff Selbin, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

11:00am-12:30pm Trash, Dirt, Mess, Crazy, Stupid: The Criminalizing Effects of Media Stereotyping and Labeling 
PANELISTS -

  • Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, Communications Director for Justice Matters and Executive Director, POOR Magazine (San Francisco)
  • Leroy Moore, Columnist and Hip Hop Producer, POOR Magazine
  • Martin Reynolds, Managing Editor, Oakland Tribune
  • Moderator Susan Rasky, U.C. Berkeley School of Journalism

12:45-2:15pm Luncheon Roundtable Discussions

  • Criminalization of Youth
    • Taalia Hasan, Executive Director. West Contra Costa County Youth Services Bureau
    • Antwi Akom, San Francisco State University
  • Criminalization of Elders
    • Bobby Brogan, Seniors Organizing Seniors
  • Criminalization of Vets
    • Alex McElree, Founder, Operation Dignity
    • Michael Blecker, Executive Director, Swords to Plowshares
  • Criminalization of Women and Families
    • Vivien Hain, Low-Income Families’ Empowerment Through Education (Lifetime) and POOR Magazine
    • Monique Morris, Director of Research, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

  • Criminalization of the Disabled and People with Mental Illness and Substance Addiction
    • Calvin Peterson, Founder, Disabled in Action, Inc.
    • Pam Cohen, Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

  • Housing Strategies
    • Jennifer Friedenbach, Executive Director, Coalition on Homelessness
    • Laura Lane, East Bay Community Law Center

  • Litigation to Eliminate Status Crimes
    • Osha Neumann, East Bay Community Law Center
    • Mark Rosenbaum, American Civil Liberties Union-SC

  • Homeless Courts
    • Elisa Della-Piana, Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights of San Francisco
    • Judge Gordon Baranco, Alameda County Superior Courtv

  • Media Strategies
    • Lisa “Tiny” Gray-Garcia, POOR Magazine/PoorNewsNetwork
    • Willie Ratcliff, The San Francisco Bay View

2:30- 2:40pm Commitments to Engagement and Action (Roundtable Action Items)

2:40-4:30pm Crossing the Poverty Line: Unlocking Solutions 
PANELISTS -

  • Gary Blasi, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law; Acting Director, UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations
  • Gary Linker, Executive Director, New Beginnings Counseling Center (Santa Barbara)
  • Mark Rosenbaum, Legal Director, ACLU of Southern California
  • Olis Simmons, Executive Director, Youth UpRising (Oakland)
  • Mari Villaluna, Coordinator, Indigenous Peoples’ Media Project of POOR Magazine/PoorNewsNetwork
  • Moderator Mary Louise Frampton, Faculty Director, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, U.C. Berkeley School of Law

4:30-5:00pm Closing Remarks