Friday, February 5, 2016

Justice Week is Coming 2/21-2/27

J-Week 2016

What are you doing for Justice Week

Friday, February 26, 2016 – Saturday, February 27, 2016
Sponsored by Umoja Soul Writers, the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology, and #HandsUpNWA.

Leora Jackson, Umoja Soul Writers Group  901-340-1966
Tina Gaston, #HandsUpNWA

Facebook Event Page  Justice Day Peace Walk and Panel Discussion

Justice Week 2016, in conjunction with Black History month, is a community-led initiative aimed at commemorating the fourth year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin.  Justice Week focuses on raising awareness to combat the numerous social justice issues impacting minorities in the Northwest Arkansas community. Justice Week is an opportunity to bridge gaps between various organizations and bring together diverse individuals and leaders, as well as the greater Northwest Arkansas community, to shed light on their passions and educate others on today’s pressing issues.

Friday, February 26:
Justice Day Candlelight Vigil.  Event will be held to commemorate the lives of those lost at the hands of law enforcement.  Event will be held at the Washington County Courthouse on the corner of College Avenue and Dickson Street in downtown Fayetteville at 6:00 PM. 

Saturday, February 27:
Justice Day Peace Walk and Panel Discussion.  Peace Walk will begin at 10:00 AM at the Immigrant Resource Center located at 1301 E Robinson Street in Springdale and end at IRC.  A formal program will be held back at the Immigrant Resource Center starting at 11:00 AM.  Speakers will include:

1.       Irvin Camacho, Candidate for Springdale City Council
2.       Justine Turnage, Transgender Equality Network
3.       LaTonya Laird Austin, Deputy City Attorney of Little Rock
4.       Courtaney "Carmelo" Muldrew, Black business owner racially profiled in 2013
5.    Rita Howard Watkins, Deputy Public Defender, Sebastian County 12 Judicial District

       Event will be moderated by Michel Rangel of the Arkansas United Community Coalition

       Panel discussion will be followed by a reception and letter writing workshop for incarcerated individuals, organized by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.