On Wednesday, September 14 at 10:00am, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Homeland Security Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, will join with civil rights leaders to express support for upcoming federal legislation to end racial profiling by enforcing the constitutional right to equal protection for all. In addition, the Rights Working Group will release their report Reclaiming Our Rights: Reflections on Racial Profiling in a Post-9/11 America, which shares a range of perspectives on the expansion of racial profiling over the last 10 years and opportunities for reaffirming our rights. Senator Cardin was a contributor to this report, sharing his perspective on the need for federal legislation.
In June, 2001, the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) had bipartisan support and passage was expected by the end of the year. After September 11, 2001, the prospects for passage dimmed as the focus turned to national security and passage of the PATRIOT Act. Ten years later, legislators and civil rights groups have a renewed push to pass this important legislation. Senator Cardin expects to reintroduce ERPA in the Senate later this fall. Rep. Conyers also plans to introduce the House version.
WHAT: Reflections on Racial Profiling in a Post-9/11 America Racial Profiling Press Conference with Right Working Group
WHO: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr.
Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office
Monami Maulik, Founder/Exec Director, Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)
WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 – 10:00-11:00AM
WHERE: Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 208