Nashville Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty: Event Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Nashville Public Library, Conference Center

615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

Directions and Parking Information

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10 – 10:15 am     Welcome

Auditorium

Activist Art Project: Imagine a World Beyond Prisons

– Carmela Hill-Burke, R.E.A.C.H. Coalition and Vanderbilt Philosophy

Participate in this project all day in the library’s art gallery, across from Room 1a/b!

10:15 – 11:15 am    Workshops

51 Years a Slave: The Lie of Truth and Sentencing Laws

– Reverend Jeannie Alexander

– Preston Shipp

– With contributions from men serving 51-year life sentences at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison

                Room 1a

SB 1391 and the Criminalization of Pregnancy Outcomes

– Hedy Weinberg, ACLU-TN Executive Director

– Thomas H. Castelli, ACLU-TN Legal Director

                Room 1b

School to Prison Pipeline

– Eric Brown, Lead Organizer, Children’s Defense Fund

                Room 2

Private Prisons for Fun and Profit, Mostly Profit

– Alex Friedmann, Managing Editor, Prison Legal News

    Room 3

11:30am – 12:30pm    Workshops

Interfaith Panel for Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty

– Rev. Eugene Se’Bree, Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church

– Rev. Larry Chitwood, United Methodists Opposed to the Death Penalty

– Daniel A. Horwitz, Esq., Nashville Campaign to End the New Jim Crow and member of the Congregation Ohabai Sholom, The Temple

– Suha Ahmad-Alsyoufi, Scarritt Bennett Center

                Room 1a

R.E.A.C.H. Coalition: Reciprocal Education and Community Healing on Tennessee’s Death Row

– Tom Williams, Watkins College of Art and Design

– Robin Paris, Watkins College of Art and Design

– Scott Lyon, Vanderbilt Creative Writing Program

– Tatiana McInnis, Vanderbilt English Department

– Amy McKiernan, Vanderbilt Philosophy Department

    Room 1b

Criminalization of Poverty and Homelessness

– Autumn Dennis, Vanderbilt Divinity School

– Andrew Krinks, Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt University

– Lindsey Krinks, Director of Street Chaplaincy and Education and co-founder, Open Table Nashville

– Lauren Plummer,  Program Coordinator, Open Table Nashville

Room 2

Racism and Police Violence in Ferguson and Beyond

– Brittany Watson, Brown Justice Chasers

Room 3

12:30 – 1:30 pm      Lunch

Sponsored by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions

Please take some time during lunch to visit the art gallery and participate in the activist art project, Imagine a World Beyond Prisons

1:30 – 2 pm        Insider Knowledge of Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty: Beyond the Prison Walls

Room 1a/b

– Ndume Olatushani

– Leroy Jones

– Shelia Simpkins McClain

2:15 – 3:15 pm    Workshops

The Death Penalty: A Failed Policy

– Stacy Rector, Executive Director, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

– Ndume Olatushani, Board Member, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, wrongfully convicted spending nearly 28 years in prison, 20 of those on death row

– Kelly Steele, Board Member, Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a surviving family member of a murder victim–her   brother, Willie Cecil Rolland, Jr.

    Room 1a

Beyond Orange is the New Black: Facing the Realities of Gender, Sexuality, and Incarceration

– Alexandra Chambers, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Room 1b

InSecure Communities: the Criminalization of Immigrant and Refugee Status

– D. J. Hudson, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

-Stephanie Teatro, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)

-TIRRC Community leaders Mercedes Gonzales, Abdulkadir Gure, and Hindi Yassan

Room 2

Where There Is Mass Incarceration, There Is Mass Release: Return and Reentry

– Jackie Sims, Mentoring Coordinator, Project Return

– Marriah Vinson, Prison In reach Coordinator, Project Return

– Shelia Simpkins McClain, Coordinator, Magdalene on the Inside

Room 3

3:30 – 4:30 pm    Strategy Session: Where Do We Go From Here?

Room 1a/b

– Walter T. Searcy, III, Esq., Chairman, NAACP State Legal Redress Committee and Chair of NOAH Criminal Justice Task Force

Rally to Stop Executions

Monday, Sept 15, 12 noon – 1pm

Legislative Plaza (corner of 6th and Charlotte)

Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice will send a delegation to deliver our Open Letter to Governor Haslam, asking him to stop currently-scheduled executions and to conduct a full and transparent review of Tennessee’s death penalty system. If you have not already signed our letter, click here to add your signature. Come out and support our delegation!  Bring signs to express your views and banners to represent your school, college, community group, or congregation!

Co-organized by Vanderbilt Prison Project and Tennessee Students and Educators for Social Justice

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4 thoughts on “Nashville Teach-In on Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty: Event Schedule

  1. I would like to be put on your mailing list and become a part of your organization and attend future lectures, workshops, whatever it is you are doing, I would like to be on board. Thank you.

    Lana Bogan

  2. Please add me to your mailing list for futures seminars and workshops. I would also like to learn more about your organization.

    Thank you.

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