WeHo Human Rights Speakers Series to Host Screening and Discussion on Education Inequity

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The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series is hosting a screening of the feature-length documentary Personal Statement by filmmaker Juliane Dressner on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. There will be a pre-screening reception at 6:30 p.m., film screening at 7 p.m., and panel discussion at 8 p.m.

Personal Statement follows three Brooklyn, New York high school seniors find themselves working tirelessly as peer college counselors to realize better futures for themselves and their peers. The screening and event are free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to http://bit.ly/WeHoHRSS_Oct2018.

Following the screening, the panel discussion and Q&A session will focus on the topics of education inequity and the challenges of college admission. Guest speakers will include Marisa Urrutia Gedney, 826LA Director of In Schools Programs and College Access; Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times Education Reporter; and Amir Whitaker, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California. The discussion will be moderated by Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at the UCLA and co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.

This event is co-presented by the Impact Media Partners Community Perspectives Film Series along with PBS SoCal, and WORLD Channel.

The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series was originally created to bring together the West Hollywood and greater Los Angeles communities gathering diverse groups to learn about and discuss human rights issues in a shared cultural and educational experience. It is a continuation of the City of West Hollywood’s commitment to human rights.

The City of West Hollywood has hosted over two dozen of these programs since the series began in 2000, typically three or four per year. The Speakers Series is an action-oriented program that provides a unique opportunity for human rights organizations to collaborate with a municipality. Organizations are able to interact, educate, and enter into discussions about human rights with a large community audience. It includes a speaker or panel discussion, an audience question and answer period, and a “Call to Action” post-event reception. At the reception, volunteers and speakers from the featured organizations circulate with audience members, answering questions and facilitating further discussion about human rights issues and how to take action.

For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss.

For more information, please contact Joy Tribble, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Technician, at (323) 848-6360 or at jtribble@weho.org.

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