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Roger-Mark De Souza, Amnesty International USA

Roger-Mark De Souza, Amnesty International USA

Premieres 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18

Video will be available for viewing at your convenience following the premiere.

As the Chief Movement Building Officer, Roger-Mark De Souza oversees research and programs designed to document human rights abuses and directs Amnesty International USA’s work to grow, diversify, train, and deepen the engagement of its membership base in order to leverage the organization’s grassroots activism from the local to the global level.

The Time for Reckoning: Confronting Systemic Racism, Seeking Justice and Reimagining Society presents four themed weeks addressing community concerns. The symposium culminates during the week of October 26, when public TV station WMHT will air a segment of its New York Now program devoted to The Time for Reckoning symposium.

Visit for event information and more resources for further study and action.

Themes for the month-long Time for Reckoning series

Week 1 beginning October 5:

The impact of systemic racism in Capital Region communities.

Week 2 beginning October 12:

Highlight issues of trust between community members and the government officials who serve them -- particularly police.

Watch video: Susan Burton, the founder and executive director of A New Way of Life, and co-author, with Cari Lynn, of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women.

Video premiere 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18: Amnesty International USA's Roger-Mark De Souza in-conversation with Paul Grondahl

Week 3 beginning October 19:

Explore possible avenues of reform to ameliorate systemic racism.

Video premiere 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All with Mindy & Robert Fullilove and Alice Green

Week 4 beginning October 26:

The final week will address accountability --- how can the community monitor government actions to guard against further injustices due to systemic racism?

9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26: A New York NOW special edition: Time for Reckoning panel discussion

Video premiere 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28: Derik Smith, executive board member for Albany’s Center for Law and Justice, in conversation with Paul Grondahl

We invite everyone from the Capital Region and beyond to visit


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