|Law Day event to focus on empowering youth|
A consortium of community organizations in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area will sponsor a Law Day activity on Wednesday, May 13, designed to allow citizens – particularly youth – to gain a deeper understanding of the justice system, law enforcement and human rights.
Entitled "Law Day 2015: From Selma to Cedar Rapids,” the event starts at 9 a.m. with addresses by Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, Des Moines attorney Alfredo Parrish and U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Northern District of Iowa Linda Reade. Following those presentations, participants will take part in a symbolic march in downtown Cedar Rapids from the U.S. Federal Courthouse to the Linn County Courthouse. From there, participants will move to the Veterans Memorial Building where they will have lunch and listen to three presentations: Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot; The Edna Griffin Story (State of Iowa v. Katz, 1949); and Race Relations in America.
The goals are to empower youth to take an active role in the community; highlight positive relationships between law enforcement and the community; positively challenge law enforcement and the judicial system to review practices that may be counterproductive to community relationships; and highlight the connection between historical events and present-day law enforcement.
The five-hour event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Organizers expect around 300 students to participate. Those who are 18 years of age will be able to register to vote while at the Veterans Memorial Building.
View a brochure on the law day event here.