Combating Racial Injustice Workshop
An archive of all past Combating Racial Injustice Workshops.
First Annual Workshop
SPRING 2012 / May 18, 2012
DEFINING PROBLEMS & IDENTIFYING SOLUTIONS: RACIAL INJUSTICE
& THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
On May 18, 2012, the Race and Social Policy Research Center, in collaboration with the Montgomery County--Radford City--Floyd County Branch of the NAACP, held its first “Combating Racial Injustice” Workshop at the Inn at Virginia Tech. There were 55 attendees, some coming from as far away as Charlotte, North Carolina.
The workshop, addressing injustice issues in the Criminal Justice System, was organized around two objectives: (1) to establish for discussion some of the facts of current racial injustice in the criminal justice system, and (2) to begin a discussion of what to do about these injustices. After presentations by Dr. Wornie Reed on the nature and extent of racial injustices in the criminal justice system and attorney Phil Carey, Jr., on the Trayvon Martin case in the context of the “Stand Your Ground” laws, participants in the workshop were divided into four discussion circles, discussing (1) legal issues and approaches, (2) legislative approaches, (3) community approaches, and (4) Hispanic/Latino issues.