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"Defending Democracy and Civil Rights... in the Courts and in the Streets"

When: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 8:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston St. • Boston

MARA VERHEYDEN-HILLIARD
"Defending Democracy and Civil Rights... in the Courts and in the Streets"

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard and her husband, Carl Messineo, founded the Partnership for Civil Justice in 1994. Based in the District of Columbia, the Partnership is dedicated to the defense of human and civil rights secured by law, the protection of free speech and dissent, and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination. In the area of constitutional/First Amendment litigation: they have defended hundreds of activists and political organizations, as well as those whose rights were violated simply because they associated with, or were in proximity to, free-speech activities. The Partnership has been working directly with the civilian populations--targeted communities in particular--of Washington, New York City, Philadelphia and Miami.

As the Partnership confronts the mass arrests of protesters and other unlawful police activity, they remind us that progressive social change has never come from above. The civil rights, suffrage and anti-war movements (embraced today as "mainstream" movements, but disparaged in their time) have all been grassroots, collective actions--people's movements.

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