Please join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for one of its signature series this fall, The Fierce Urgency of Now, drawing upon the famous quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” The fall series will focus on the intersection of racial, economic, and social justice in the United States. Information on how to access the event can be found below.
- Emerson Sykes | Senior Staff Attorney | Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union
- Nicholas Espíritu | Supervising Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
- Sushma Raman (moderator) | Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Nicholas Espíritu is a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He teaches Voting Rights and the Immigration Policy Clinic at UCLA School of Law. Mr. Espíritu has served as counsel or amicus counsel on numerous voting rights related cases, including Sanchez v. Modesto, Abbott v. Perez, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, Evenwel v. Abbott, and Coral Construction, Inc. v. City and County of San Francisco. His immigrants’ rights litigation includes challenges to governmental policies discriminating against noncitizens, including the Trump Administrations’ Muslim Ban, the discriminatory expansion of the public charge rule, and Arizona’s S.B. 1070. He was also part of the team of legal advisors to the undocumented activists who pushed the Obama administration to implement DACA. Mr. Espíritu is currently a Supervising Attorney at the National Immigration Law Center where he focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation and administrative advocacy. Previously, Espíritu was an attorney at the national office of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund as well as a senior researcher in the Critical Race Studies Program at UCLA School of Law.
Emerson Sykes is a staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project where he focuses on First Amendment free speech protections. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2018, he was a legal advisor for Africa at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). In that role, he provided technical legal assistance to civil society leaders, government officials, law students, and other stakeholders from across Africa to improve the legal framework protecting the freedom of association, assembly, and expression on the regional and national levels. From 2012-13, he served as assistant general counsel to the New York City Council, where he worked to increase transparency for council members’ discretionary spending, and contributed to the council’s friend-of-the-court brief against the NYPD’s “Stop and Frisk” program. In 2011, Mr. Sykes was a senior policy fellow in the office of a Member of Parliament in Ghana. Mr. Sykes previously conducted research and wrote about U.S. foreign policy for The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank, and worked for the National Democratic Institute’s Central and West Africa Team.
Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a link for the livestream 1 hour before the event where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.