Sierra College to host forum on capital punishment

Cesar Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series is Thursday
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The Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series will be hosted by the New Legacy Committee Thursday, March 21, in the Dietrich Theatre at Sierra College, 5000 Rocklin Road, in Rocklin. This year’s topic is " American Executions: A conversation about capital punishment, race and incarceration,". The forum is an educational event to address research studies that suggest that race and ethnicity play a decisive role in the question of who lives and dies by execution in this country.

The panel discussion will include moderator  The Honorable David De Alba, California Superior Court Judge;  The Honorable Cruz Reynoso, California Supreme Court Justice, 1982-1987;  Professor of Law, UC Davil recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom; Timothy J. Foley, professor at UC Davis and UC Berkeley;  Quin A. Denvir, a retired federal defender for the Eastern District of California, and federal public defender and lead counsel in the “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski trial; Dr. Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, associate professor and chair, UC Davis, Department of Chicana/o Studies; and attorney Paul W. Comiskey, founder of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.

For a generation of Americans, Cesar Chavez (1927-93) was the voice of farmworkers and of the Mexican American people. Chavez earned this position through his role as founder and organizer of the United Farm Workers union, through his leadership in the Chicano Movement, and through his crucial role in politics. As a result of his efforts, the concerns of Mexican American and other Latino peoples in the United States were, for the first time, brought into the national political debate.

This event is free and open to the public. There is a $3 parking fee on campus. Parking permits can be purchased at machines located in the parking lot.