Monday, November 16, 2020

Confronting the 2020 Election, Part 3 Marjorie Cohn, Esq., and Andrés Kwon, Esq. ICUJP Friday Forum.


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ICUJP Friday Forum
November 20, 7:30-9:30 am Pacific

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Confronting the 2020 Election, Part 3
Marjorie Cohn, Esq., and Andrés Kwon, Esq.

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"The Election is in Danger. Prepare Now" - Atlantic article

Research shows Americans increasingly believe "violence would be justified" if their side lost the election. People of faith and conscience must stand against this.
NY Times op ed

Take action to defend the election outcome: Protect the Results

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The historic 2020 presidential election has confirmed the deep divisions in American society. Moreover, it has shown how much the fragile peaceful transfer of power depends on adherence to democratic norms - which President Trump is flagrantly flaunting as he and his enablers inflame his base and refuse to accept the results.

Is this a coup d’etat or a temper tantrum? Can the Electoral College still choose Trump? What are the legal and constitutional ramifications of this denial?

Locally, we need to acknowledge the election was a mixed bag for progressive causes, with significant victories (such as George Gascon's election as LA District Attorney and passage of Measure J) and heartbreaking losses (including rejection of affirmative action and corporate tax reform). What does all this mean to ICUJP's mission and the issues we care about?

ICUJP has invited an outstanding group of speakers to help us navigate these troubled waters. In our series conclusion this Friday, Nov. 20, Marjorie Cohn, Esq. and Andrés Kwon, Esq., will join us. We'll discuss the current state of post-election affairs and look at the implications for the days, months, and years to come.

Marjorie CohnMarjorie Cohn is professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she taught from 1991-2016, and a former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Professor Cohn lectures, writes, and provides commentary for local, regional, national and international media outlets. Professor Cohn has served as a news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, as well as a legal and political commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio. The author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law and co-author of Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice (with David Dow) and Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent (with Kathleen Gilberd). Professor Cohn is editor of and contributor to The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse, and Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues and a contributing editor and contributor for numerous other publications.

Professor Cohn is the U.S. representative to the executive committee of the Association of American Jurists and deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, as well as a board member and advisor with numerous organizations. Her many honors include the San Diego County Bar Association’s 2005 Service to Legal Education Award, the Peace and Justice Studies Association 2008 Peace Scholar of the Year Award, Amnesty International-San Diego’s 2009 Digna Ochoa Human Rights Defender Award, and the National Lawyers Guild’s 2018 Debra Evenson Venceremos Award. Professor Cohn previously lived in Mexico and is fluent in Spanish. Learn more on her website. 

Andres KwonAndrés Dae Keun Kwon is Policy Counsel and Senior Organizer at the ACLU of Southern California, which he joined in 2016. For more than a decade, he has worked in immigrant rights and social justice, and he currently focuses on the intersection of immigrant rights, policing, and criminal justice reform. After immigrating with his family from Argentina, Andrés worked as a community organizer and then became a human rights lawyer to fight alongside individuals and families like his who struggle to navigate and access justice in a complex, punitive criminal-immigration legal system.

Andrés graduated in 2016 from the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He served as Senior Editor of the UCLA Law Review and, through legal internships at ACLU SoCal, led an effort to strengthen representation of low-income immigrants charged with crimes. This work has expanded immigration expertise within public defender offices, including a fivefold expansion of the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office Immigration Unit. He is fluent in Spanish and Korean.

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