The National Institute for Restorative Justice
"Educating for Advocacy"
Thirteent Amendment Sesquicentennial Dialogue

Social Justice

Economic Justice

Legal Justice
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For Justice!
Renewing Inalienable Rights, Rebuilding Communal Confidence, Re-energizing Sustainable Economy, Reviving Unbridled Spirit
“…I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever
"fixed" at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight,
and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound.
To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start,
requiring several amendments, a civil war, and momentous social transformation
to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the
individual freedoms and human rights, we hold as fundamental today.”

Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

"The Thirteenth Amendment
and the Criminalization of
Black America"
Site Map
"Except As Punishment For Crime"
Discussion  Guides

Gillian Johns
Associate Professor
Oberlin College

Zachery Williams
Associate Professor
The University of Akron
The Criminalization Of Black America
Friday, January 29, 6 - 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 31, Action Vigil

Plenary Address & Lead Discussion Guide

Cedric Merlin Powell
Professor of Law
Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
University of Louisville
Second Dialogue: January 29 - 31, 2016
The East Cleveland Public Library
Debra Ann November Learning Center
14101 Euclid Avenue ~ East Cleveland, Ohio 44112
December 18, 2015 ~ 6 - 10 PM
Series Opening Dialogue
& Screening of
Sesquicentennial Dialogue Series
December 18, 2015 - July 10, 2016
Gathering & Registration

Welcome, Sheba Marcus-Bey
Director, East Cleveland Public Library

NIRJ Welcome & Introductions
Alicia Graves, Vice Chair, NIRJ

Genevieve Mitchell
Executive Secretary, NIRJ
Current Significance of 13th Amendment
Mittie Imani Jordan, Chair, NIRJ

Screening & Discussion of

Closing Remarks
Friday, January 29, 2016
5:45 - 10:00 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2016
12:20 PM - 4:30 PM
Gathering, Registration & Light Meal

Welcome, East Cleveland Public Library
Sheba Marcus-Bey, Director

NIRJ Welcome & Introductions
Zachery Williams, PhD, Vice Chair: Programming

Occasion, Dolores Lairet, PhD

Invocation Song, Charles Bevel
Saturday, January 30, 2016
8:45 AM - 12 Noon
Food For Thought
Back To Core Concerns
or Forward To:
Racializing Justice,
Diseinfranchising Lives:
The Racism, Criminal
Justice and Law Reader
Racial Profiling:
Causes & Consequences
by Ronnie A. Dunn
& Wormie Reed
Arrest, Indictment, Trial, Sentencing

Discussion Guides
White Supremacy & Prevailing Racism

Charles Bevel, Discussion Guide
Actor, Musician & Human Rights Activist
Screening: Prison Song
After Screening Dialogue:
The Double Standard the Criminal Injustice System
Sherrie E. Tolliver
Performing Artist &
Historical Interpreter
William C. Marshall III
Performing Artists and
Social Justice Activist
Prison Privatization
and the Judicial Systems
Zachery R. Williams, PhD, Guide
Author and Professor of History
The University of Akron
Adjournment & Benediction
Gathering, Registration & Refreshments

Welcome, East Cleveland Public Library
Sheba Marcus-Bey, Director

NIRJ Welcome & Introductions
Alicia Graves, JD, Vice Chair: Business & Finance

Occasion & Introduction of Lecturer & Lead Guide
Mittie Imani Jordan, Chair

Invocation Song, Charles Bevel
Plenary Address & Dialogue:
Thirteenth Amendment &
The Criminalization & Comodifying of Black America
Cedric Merlin Powell, JD
Professor of Law
Brandeis School of Law
University of Louisville
Lunch & Small Group Discussion
Sociological Effect of
Criminalization on Communities
Miseducaiton & The
School to Prison Pipeline
Ruth Ryida Reese, PhD
Higher Educational Consultant
The Effect of "Man Down!"
Black Men Missing in Action
Van Anthony Amos
Educator and Program Developer
Taxation Without Representation
The "Black Body Count"
Census, Voting, Federal Funding
Mittie Imani Jordan
Founder & Chair
National Institute for Restorative Justice, Inc
"The New Jim Crow"
A Felon's Life: Re-entry
James Page
Community Activist & Astrologer
Walk the Talk: Actions for Advocac
Legislative Process toward
Amending the Amendment
Genevieve Mitchell
Journalist, Social Justice Activist
Executive Secretary
National Institute for Restorative Justice
Actions Addressing Key Issues
Monitoring & Reporting Process
Alicia Graves, JD
Attorney and Vice Chair,
National Institute for Restorative Justice
Adjournment & Benediction
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