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-In preperation for Conneticut's upcoming vote on death penalty abolition, Yale Undergraduate ACLU co-sponsored a panel titled "Can We Fix the Death Penalty? - Capital Punishment's Record of Flaws." The panelist were Shujaa Graham, a death penalty exoneree, State Representative Roland Lemar (D-New Haven), and Peter Tsimbidaros, a New Haven attorney. Mr. Tsimbidaros spoke on the alarmingly high number of wrongful murder convictions in Conneticut and the refusual of certain district attorneys to correct previous mistakes. Having experience firsthand the failure of the legal system, Mr. Graham told his compelling story of racial prejudice that lead to his death sentence. Representive Lemar affirmed his support of abolish of the death penalty and discussed the bill's prospects in the Connecticut General Assembly.
-On February 4th the Yale Undergraduate Chapter screened Divided We Fall, a film that explores racism and religion in post-9/11 America. The film, which has won over twelve international awards, was shown as part of the Human Rights Film Festival at Yale.
-The chapter sponsored a panel discussion on abolishing the death peanalty with Representative Gary Holder-Winfield, Larry Cox, Executive Director of Amnesty International USA, and Juan Melendez.