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Spring 2010
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This series of workshops concentrated on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the directives outlined in the human rights treaties concerning racial discrimination, treatment of women, concern for victims of torture and other issues related to the UN Millennium goals.

The remarks of the panelists and follow-up reflections are available below.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
a. Judge John T. Noonan Jr. (United States Circuit Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
b. Imam Faheem Shuaibe (Masjid Waritheen Oakland, California)
c. Rita Maran (University of California, Berkeley)
d. Rabbi Menachem Creditor (Netivot Shalom Community, Berkeley, California)
e. Rev. Hilary Martin (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology)

Opening Narrative and Respondent: Interfaith Coalition for Contra Costa County and the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California

Judge John T. Noonan Jr. (Ninth Circuit Court), "Universal and Personal"
(Link to Judge Noonan’s presentation)

Brian Stein-Weber (Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Executive Director)
(Link to Brian’s presentation)

Convention against Racism and All Forms of Discrimination
a. Imam Faheem Shuaibe (Masjid Waritheen, Oakland California)
b. Pastor Phillip Lawson (East Bay Housing Organization; Jones Memorial Church)
c. Deena Aranoff (Center for Jewish Studies, GTU)
d. William O'Neill (Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley)

Opening Narrative and Respondent: Ella Baker Center
The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. Based in Oakland, California, they promote positive alternatives to violence and incarceration through four cutting-edge campaigns.

Dr. William O’Neill S.J. (Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley)
(Link to Father Bill’s paper)

Convention against All Forms of Discrimination of Women
Dialogue and Discussion about the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Moderator: Susan Manuso (Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley)
a. Aysha Hidayatullah (University of San Francisco)
b. Marion Grau (Church Divinity School of the Pacific)
c. Rachel Biale (Progressive Jewish Alliance)
d. Dolores Meehan (Dominican School)

Opening Narrative: Kique Bazan, co-founder and the VP of International Projects for the Not For Sale Campaign to fight the global slave trade.

Reflection: Jessica Oya (Pacific School of Religion)
(Link to Jessica’s reflection)

Convention against All Forms of Torture and Cruel, and Dehumanizing Treatment
Moderator: Munir Jiwa (Center for Islamic Studies, GTU)
a. Rabbi Margaret Holub Mendocino Jewish Community
b. Hatem Bazian (University of California, Berkeley)
c. Rebecca Gordon (Graduate Theological Union)
d. Rita Maran (Lecturer, UCB)

Opening Narrative and Respondent:
Survivors International
Survivors International is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essential psychological and medical services to survivors of torture who have fled from around the world to the San Francisco Bay Area. SI aims to help survivors put the pieces back together by providing the support they need to re-establish healthy and productive lives after their experiences of torture.

Links to Reflections:
Tresphord M. Chisanga SDB (Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology), "Torture in Zambia's Police Cells"

Rebecca Gordon (GTU, USF), "Does Practice Make Perfect? Torture, Virtue Ethics, and the Christian Sacramental Tradition"

Forming an Interfaith Coalition for Human Rights
a. William McKinney (President, PSR)
b. Racelle Weiman (Temple University)
c. Ameena Jandali (Islamic Networks Group)
d. Kristi Laughlin (Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice)

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice and East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
The East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy advances economic and social justice by building power and raising standards for working families. EBASE is leading the charge to transform the reality of all workers in the East Bay. We’re building a movement to end working poverty, using a unique combination of research, coalition building, policy advocacy, and leadership development.

Link to Catholic Voice Article