Media advisory - Human rights conference to focus on poverty, racial profiling, national/international responses to HIV/AIDs

    TORONTO, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - David Mitchell, one of North America's
foremost experts on racial profiling, will be a featured speaker at a
conference presented by the Human Rights Committee of the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario this Friday and Saturday in Toronto. The
conference, to be held at Ryerson University's Student Campus Centre, is
focused on poverty and will look at appropriate responses to HIV/AIDs within
Ontario aboriginal communities and in Southern Africa among other issues.
    Mitchell, who will speak on Friday morning, is the founding President of
the Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE). He is currently on the Board of
Directors at Toronto Community Housing and Deputy Superintendent of Operations
at the Toronto East Detention Centre.
    On Saturday afternoon, Seodi White, an award-winning advocate, lawyer and
researcher on women's rights in South Africa will speak on 'Women's Rights,
HIV/AIDs and the Appropriateness of the Response: Lived Realities from Malawi
and Southern Africa'. A Director of Women and the Law in Southern Africa
Research and Education Trust in Malawi, White received the Malawi Human Rights
Commission award in 2004 for her contribution to the advancement of women and
children's rights.
    Joining White will be Toronto streetworker Wanda Whitebird, who will
provide an update on the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDs strategy. It was
implemented in 1995 to respond to the changing epidemic with the Aboriginal
population and meet the distinct needs of Aboriginal people.

    Date:         Friday, November 16, 2007
    Location:     Ryerson University
                  Student Campus Centre
                  55 Gould Street

    10:30 a.m. -  David Mitchell, Racial Profiling

    Date:         Saturday, November 17, 2007
    2:30 p.m. -   Wanda Whitebird-Aboriginal HIV Strategy
    3:00 p.m. -   Seodi White, Women's Rights, HIV/AIDs Response

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Yolanda McClean, Chair, CUPE Ontario's Human Rights Committee, (416)

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