National Action Network Annual Convention 2015

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NAN Annual Convention

Join us for the ribbon cutting ceremony, Wednesday April 08th, 2015 at 8:45 am

Registration check-in opens at 8:00 am.

Join us for the kick- off with national leaders followed by a special plenary Session by the U.S. senator of Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Other panels to look forward to on Wednesday morning, April 08th:

At 10:00am

Politics Panel – America’s Choice 2016: Framing the Debate on the Presidential Election

Moderated by:  Reverend Al Sharpton, President & Founder, National Action Network

Panelists include:

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, NJ

Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, Columbia, SC

Yvette D. Clarke, U.S. Representative, 9th Congressional District, New York

Robert Gibbs, Former White House Press Secretary to President Obama

Maria Teresa Kumar, President & CEO, Voto Latino

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Philadelphia, PA

Michael Steele, Former Chair, Republican National Committee

Reverend Dr. Frantz Whitfield, President, NAN Iowa Chapter

At 11:30 am

The Impact of Police Brutality – The Victims Speak

Moderated by:  Iyanla Vanzant, Host, Iyanla: Fix My Life

Panelists include:

Valerie Bell, Mother of Sean Bell

William Bell, Father of Sean Bell

Gwen Carr, Mother of Eric Garner

Lesley McSpadden, Mother of Michael Brown

Soledad O’Brien, Journalist and CEO, Starfish Media Group

Nicole Paultre Bell, President and Founder, When It's Real, Its Forever Foundation

Samaria Rice, Mother of Tamir Rice

Esaw Snipes, Wife of Eric Garner

At 1:30 pm

Police Policy – Fighting Crime Without Suspending Rights

Moderated by:

Lawrence O’Donnell, Host, Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC

Panelists include:

Najee Ali, Founder, Project Islamic Hope

Cynthia Davis, President, NAN Staten Island Chapter

Ronald L. Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), United State Department of Justice

Chief John Dixon, III, Chief of Police of Petersburg, VA, Immediate Past President and Board Member, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Minister Kirsten John Foy, Northeast Regional Director, NAN

Major Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

George Kelling, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute and Co-Author Broken Windows Theory

Glenn E. Martin, Founder, JustLeadershipUSA

Lucia McBath, National Spokesperson, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Faith and Community Outreach Organizer, Everytown

Iesha Sekou, Founder & CEO, Street Corner Resources

Benjamin B. Tucker, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department


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