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The Status of Human Rights Hearing: Nashville

Tennessee Human Rights Commission

Monday, May 12, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

The Status of Human Rights Hearing: Nashville

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Join the Commission as we hear from community leaders about the human rights issues facing Nashvillians.

The Tennessee Human Rights Commission will hold Hearings in Spring 2014 in communities across the state. Leaders from community organizations, government, advocacy groups and researchers will bring testimony related to their own areas of expertise. These written and oral testimonies will be included in the forthcoming report, “The State of Human Rights in Tennessee” from the Commission. The final report will include information from those bringing testimony in addition to statistics, trends and information from the Commission’s own work, safeguarding individuals from discrimination through enforcement and education. 

Location: Nashville Downtown Public Library, Auditorium

615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37919

Date: Monday, May 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


  • 1:00 PM: Welcoming Remarks & Commission Overview - Beverly L. Watts & Sabrina Hooper, Tennessee Human Rights Commission
  • Empowering new Americans - Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Nashville Davidson County
  • Human rights initiatives across the United States - JoAnn Kamuf Ward & Caroline Stover, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
  • Prevention of violent crimes - Eugene Hughley, Kelly Miller Smith Center Against Abusive Behavior
  • Violence against women epidemic - Patricia Shea, YWCA of Middle Tennessee
  • Discriminatory impact of criminal background checks in hiring - Katherine Kores, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Criminalization of the indigent & unhoused - Samuel Lester & Lindsey Krinks, Nashville Homeless Organizing Coalition
  • Discrimination facing LGBT Tennesseans - Chris Sanders, Tennessee Equality Project
  • Existing disability discrimination - Martha Lafferty, Disability Law & Advocacy Center
  • Discrimination faced by Muslim Tennesseans - Remziya Suleyman, American Center for Outreach
  • Challenges facing LGBT+ students in higher education - Dr. William Langston & Joshua Rigsby, Middle Tennessee State University
  • Economic impact of violence against women - Phyllis Qualls Brooks, Tennessee Economic Council on Women
  • Effects of deportation on immigrant families - Veronica Zavaleta, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition
  • Partnering for an Equitable and Inclusive Nashville - Dan Cornfield, Vanderbilt University, Alistair Newbern, Vanderbilt College of Law
  • Voter disenfranchisement in Tennessee - Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee
  • 5:00 PM: Concluding Remarks

Questions or concerns? Contact Susannah Berry at 615-253-1608 or susannah.berry@tn.gov. 

Have questions about The Status of Human Rights Hearing: Nashville? Contact Tennessee Human Rights Commission

When & Where

Downtown Nashville Public Library, Auditorium
615 Church St.
Nashville, TN 37219

Monday, May 12, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CDT)

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Tennessee Human Rights Commission

The Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the Tennessee Human Rights Act & the Tennessee Disability Act which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accomodation on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, disability, familial status (housing only) and age (40 and over in employment only). The Commission also coordinates the state's compliance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits discrimination by state agencies receiving federal financial assistance.

Our mission is to safeguard individuals from discrimination through enforcement and education.

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