Community & Culture Miami-Dade County

South Florida Human Rights Panel

South Florida Human Rights PanelThursday, June 21, 7-9pm – Miami Friends Meeting House, 1185 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables

Amnesty International Chapter 248 and the Americorps Alums Miami Chapter are partnering to hold a panel discussion about human rights issues in Southeast Florida. The panel will address why human rights are important to us, what problems we face, and how we can work to ad…dress them. The panel members will each represent one or more issues relevant to South Florida. Southeast Florida is ranked high in the US for income inequality, home foreclosures, and violent crime rates. It has a diverse population with half of the residents foreign born. It serves as a haven for many refugees yet is a hotspot for human trafficking. Many immigrants come to the area looking for a better way of life while migrant workers come for the job opportunities. Taking this all into consideration, it is important for people to better understand their human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights includes the right to proper working conditions, housing, safety, freedom from discrimination, and more. Join in this discussion if you are passionate about an issue here in South Florida or are curious about how to get better involved. This panel will be one of a series of events to better connect different issues in South Florida under the common cause of defending our basic human rights. The panelists will be: Ruth Shack formally of the Miami Foundation, Audwin Levasseur of Howrey, LLP, Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and Steve Wetstein of Unite Here Local 355. Muhammed Malik, local activist and co-producer of the “Lets Talk About It!” weekly radio program on 880am, will be the moderator.