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While America is collectively known for its leadership in many fields – including technological innovation and entertainment – one thing that holds the nation back in the eyes of humanitarianism is its incarceration rate. Currently, the U.S. leads the world in incarceration rate, and people like David Fathi, director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, hope to change that. Fathi will be speaking at Central Washington University for his presentation “Mass Incarceration, Race and Human Rights” on Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building Recital Hall. His presentation is free to attend and open to the public.
In addition to Fathi’s presentation, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. in the Museum of Culture and Environment in the Dean Hall lobby where people will have an opportunity to interact with Fathi and ask questions. The Brooks Library will also host a book information display in the library related to the presentation.
The American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project has represented over 100,000 men, women and children prisoners fighting for their 8th Amendment protection of prohibiting “cruel and unusual punishments” in America’s prisons, jails and other detention facilities. Started in 1974, the National Prison Project has been successful in changing the landscape of incarceration and prisoner conditions not only in the U.S., but around the world. As director of the project, Fathi has been vocal and fighting the U.S.’s overreliance on incarceration.
For more information contact the Center for Diversity and Social Justice (CDSJ) at 509-963-2127 or firstname.lastname@example.org.