GCDP forum explores our country at a crossroads: Which way will we choose

We are at a crossroads. Our laws are being twisted at best, ignored at the worst. Our values have been set aside for political gain. And a war against immigrants, people of color, and non-Christian religions is being prosecuted from the highest levels of our government. 

Four respected leaders, with decades of experience in law, public service, and environmental justice, will participate in an important discussion of Democracy at a Crossroads, the first in a quarterly series of programs in the Greenville County Democratic Party’s Equal Justice Forum.

Ricardo Urbina, former U.S. District Court judge in D.C., and the first Latino appointed to the federal bench, will moderate the panel.

The panelists are:

Teresa Nesbitt Cosby, associate professor of political science at Furman University, and a former Assistant Deputy Attorney General for South Carolina. She specializes in Constitutional law, focusing on racial and ethnic politics.

Frank Holleman, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, was law clerk for Supreme Court justice Harry Blackmun after graduating from Harvard Law School. He is the senior attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Shaundra Young Scott, the Director of Voter Protection for the South Carolina Democratic Party. She has also served as the director of the South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and supervising attorney of the migrant division of South Carolina Legal Services, representing migrant and seasonal farm workers.

The virtual discussion will focus on how the administration is dismantling valuable Constitutional protections, what’s at stake, and what steps we can take forward.

Among the topics on the table:

  • Environmental and racial injustice
  • The impact on public education
  • Undoing public health policy during a pandemic
  • Immigration policy and the impact on asylum seekers
  • The diminution of the First Amendment vs the outsized role of the Second

The forum will be held October 1 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to register and get the Zoom link.

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