The outrage over the shooting death of 18-year old Mike Brown has created protest and riots across the United States as another unarmed African American young man loses his life by unjustified shooting - which is believe to be racial geared. Peaceful protestors have taken to social media and protest sites demonstrating, “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot,” to signify Mike Brown’s plea to gun officers that he was unarmed. This hour discussion is geared to allow students to learn and dialogue about this growing issue and how the implications of this social justice issue in today’s society.
The discussion will be facilitated by Addie Rolnick
Addie Rolnick is an associate professor of law in the William Boyd School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on bridging gaps between civil rights, Critical Race Theory, federal Indian law, and indigenous rights. Prior to joining the academy, she represented tribal governments as an attorney with a top Native rights firm in Washington, D.C., where she was a leading advocate on law enforcement and juvenile justice issues. She has also assisted tribes with institution building in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, constitution drafting, and justice system development. She received her J.D. and M.A. in American Indian Studies from UCLA and is a graduate of Oberlin College.