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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Kenji Yoshino to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration

11/19/2007  2:30:00 PM
Roberto Bonaccorso  (206) 684-5282

Kenji Yoshino to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration
Casa Latina and Paulina Lopez to receive 2007 Human Rights Awards

Author and legal scholar Kenji Yoshino will speak at a free evening event to celebrate Human Rights Day in Seattle on Thursday, December 6, 7-9 pm at Town HallSeattle on 8 th Avenue and Seneca.

Kenji Yoshino is the author of “Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Human Rights,” a groundbreaking critique of current civil rights law and a vision for a new direction. In addition to his gift for writing and his work as a legal scholar, Yoshino is a riveting speaker who is not to be missed. A specialist in constitutional law,
anti-discrimination law, and law and literature, he has published work in The Advocate, The Boston Globe, The Nation, The New York Times, Slate, The Village Voice, and The Washington Post, as well as in a wide variety of academic journals. He is Guido Calabresi Professor of law and former Deputy Dean at Yale Law School.

As part of this year’s celebration, Kenji Yoshino also will speak at a daytime event from 12 noon-1:30pm at the Seattle Downtown Public Library, 1000 4 th Avenue. Both events are free and open to the public.

The evening event also will include presentation of the 2007 Human Rights Awards to local human rights leaders CASA Latina, Paulina Lopez, and Save Darfur Washington State. Founded in 1994, Casa Latina works to empower Latino immigrants by providing educational and economic opportunities. Paulina Lopez is the International Services Program Manager of Seattle-King County Red Cross, where she created an innovative volunteer language program for use in Seattle neighborhoods.

The 12 th annual Seattle Human Rights Day event commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

For more information please call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at (206) 684-4500 or check the web at Human Rights Day 2007 is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and Seattle Human Rights Commission, with support from Seattle University Law School, Seattle Human Services Department, Q Law, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, United Nations Association–Seattle, King County Civil Rights Commission and American Civil Liberties Union of WA. Co-sponsors include Pride Foundation, Greater Seattle Business Association, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Youth for Human Rights, First Place Schools, Minority Executive Directors Coalition, WA State Bar Association, Seattle Gay News.

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