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"Economic Justice for All," Nekima Levy-Pounds, Professor of Law & Director of the Community Justice Project of the University of St. Thomas


Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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University of St. Thomas - McNeely Hall room 100




Please join us for the 6th Annual JUSTICE LECTURE on Tuesday, March 18, 2014


In this talk, Professor Levy-Pounds will discuss the rapidly changing demographics in Minnesota and the impacts on the economy as a whole and on communities of color in particular. Professor Levy-Pounds will also share findings from a recent report produced by the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding the underlying issues that contribute to economic inequality within Minnesota and the challenges to professionals working with and on behalf of under-resourced communities. Finally, Professor Levy-Pounds will discuss the opportunities that exist to disrupt the negative effects of unemployment and poverty on communities of color.

Link to report on unemployment disparities in Minnesota:

Short bio: Nekima Levy-Pounds is a professor of law and a nationally recognized expert on a wide range of civil rights and social justice issues, including economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. She is the founding director of the Community Justice Project, an award-winning civil rights legal clinic which focuses on intersecting issues of race, poverty, and social justice through direct advocacy, research, and writing at the University of St. Thomas. Professor Levy-Pounds serves as the chair of the Minnesota State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is the co-chair of Everybody In, a regional collaboration of 40 stakeholders across different sectors working to close the racial unemployment gaps in our region by 20/20. Professor Levy-Pounds is active in the local community, serving on the boards of the Minneapolis Foundation, Brotherhood, Inc., Catholic Charities, and Growth and Justice.  She is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and essays on structural and systemic issues that impact poor communities of color.