Why we oppose CARE Court – and you should too!

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Join us for a webinar to find out why we oppose CARE Court – and you should too!

All Californians deserve permanent, affordable housing and health care that meets their needs and allows our communities to thrive.

Unfortunately, instead of focusing on proven methods that prioritize permanent housing and voluntary health care, Governor Gavin Newsom’s so-called “CARE Court” plan would create a new court system that would subject homeless people suffering from mental disorders to involuntary treatment. That’s not the answer. California desperately needs more housing and health care, not more courts.

Civil rights and disability advocates across the state are fighting against the governor’s harmful proposal. Panelists will discuss the wrongdoings of CARE Court, how it is progressing through the legislature, actions you can take to oppose the measure, as well as questions from the audience.

Speakers:

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  • Jody Armor, Moderator/Panellist: University of Southern California Law Professor and ACLU SoCal Board Member. Professor Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims concerning the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice and the rule of law. Professor Armor studies the intersection of race and legal decision-making as well as torts and tort reform movements. A widely published scholar and popular lecturer, he has published numerous articles in leading legal journals and books. Professor Armor often appears as a legal analyst on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, KPCC, KCRW and a variety of other television and radio news programs.

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  • Paul Bodin, Panelist: Executive Director of the Western Regional Advocacy Project. Mr Boden became homeless at the age of 16. He began volunteering at a shelter in San Francisco in 1983, eventually becoming a program director and later a case manager for people with mental illness. Paul served as Executive Director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness for 16 years and was one of the founders of the Community Housing Partnership, a nationally recognized permanent housing corporation with optional support services. He has received dozens of awards for his work in the community.
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  • Susan Mizner, Panelist: Executive Director of the ACLU’s Disability Rights Program, which she founded in 2012. The Disability Rights Program litigates cases, introduces and supports legislation, and coordinates with national and state offices of ACLU Disability Rights Litigation and Policy. Prior to the ACLU, Ms. Mizner led the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability, coordinated the San Francisco Bar Association’s Poverty and Disability Rights Project, and advocated for homeless people with disabilities.
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  • Shonique Williams, Panelist: State Organizer for Dignity and Power Now and the NO CARE Court Coalition. Following a wrongful conviction that led to a two-year prison sentence, Shonique Williams has dedicated herself to advocating for social justice reform. She attributes her passion for advocacy to the fact that influence and representation are powerful for effective change. As a community leader, Shonique believes in being a representation of the community served.

When: Monday, June 27 at 6 p.m.

Where: Virtual Zoom Chat

RSVP link for Zoom registration: https://aclu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R3tv75j9Tp26iXjojaojPQ

Presented by the ACLU SoCal Economic Justice Committee

Co-sponsored by ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter • Dignity & Power Now • Human Rights Watch • LA Progressive • Western Regional Advocacy Project

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