University of North Carolina, Thur. Oct. 24: Two important events for the Cuban Five

Dear Friends of the Cuban Five:
The corruption of justice in the U.S. prosecution of the Cuban Five, and the struggle for their freedom will be the themes of two important events on Thursday, October 24, at the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the University of North Carolina Law School. The event will be Live-streamed, so audiences can see the event live on the Internet, starting 6:00 pm Eastern. (details to come!)

Actor, producer and humanitarian, Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philantrophic efforts, with emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, access to health care and education programs, and an end to mass incarceration of the poor. He has advocated for the Five’s freedom for years and visits Gerardo Hernández frequently. Glover will appear via live video feed.

Bill Norris, Miami attorney, has represented Ramón Labañino of the Cuban Five since 1998, at trial, on appeal and now in the Habeas Corpus proceedings. His practice includes criminal defense and complex civil litigation. Norris was an Assistant United States Attorney and Chief of Narcotics in the Southern District of Florida. With other counsel, Norris was the recipient of the Rodney Thaxton “Liberty’s Last Defender” Award for his representation of The Cuban Five.

Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota. Kirtley is also the Director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law. A lawyer and former journalist, Kirtley was Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press from 1984-1999. She is an affiliated faculty member at the UM Law School. Kirtley writes and speaks frequently on the First Amendment, Freedom of Information, and media and legal ethics.

Louis A. Pérez Jr. is the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research specialty is Cuba. Pérez is author of The War of 1898: The United States and Cuba in History and Historiography and Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos.

Deborah Weissman is the Reef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina Law School at Chapel Hill. She teaches the Human Rights Policy Seminar, Domestic Violence Law, and the Lawyer as Public Citizen. In 2013, Weissman received the Frank Porter Graham Award from the North Carolina American Civil Rights Union for outstanding civil rights work.

Gloria La Riva is coordinator of the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, which was formed in June 2001. The committee is heading the ongoing investigation of the U.S. government’s secret payments to Miami journalists during the Five’s trial, a key component of their current Habeas Corpus appeals.
Student, Faculty noon lecture
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Location: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Law School, Room 4085
Time: 12:00 noon
Cost: Free
Featuring: Williams Norris and Jane Kirtley
Click here to download the flyer
Public forum
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
Location: The Institute for the Study of the Americas, FedEx Global Education Center * Nelson Mandela Auditorium * 301 Pittsboro St., UNC – Chapel Hill
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Sponsors: The Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Media Law and Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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