8:45 a.m. Registration, Socializing, & Light Refreshments
9:30 Announcements & Program
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Every week television brings us images of glaciers melting, devastating floods in some areas and creeping drought in others. Year after year scientists present more and more evidence that climate disruption is accelerated by human activity. Yet one major party says it is a hoax while the other advocates for major changes in our energy policy barely able to cope with the worst of the climate crisis. Almost weekly some new way of generating or saving energy is announced and then not considered by the fossil fuel industry to be of much benefit to the overall problem. A world congress in December 2015 on climate change in Paris agrees to policies and programs that get us half way to where we need to be. Now we have a President that has said “climate change is a hoax from China.” This program features three of the leading local advocates, Patrick Race, Dr. Jim Crissman, and Peter Sinclair, for using science as a way to work through the various positions on climate change and the ways that individuals can affect the changes that will surly need to come in the future.
Saginaw county tax payers help fund the Saginaw ISD each year, but where does your money go? Saginaw Intermediate School District, one of 56 ISDs across the state of Michigan, serves the twelve local school districts across Saginaw County as well as a number of charter schools, public school academies, and parochial schools. With over 650 team members, SISD services and supports span across the county. Information shared at this session includes an overview of SISD services along with the pathway and vision the ISD has for expanding career technical education opportunities for all students. Superintendent Kathy Stewart plans to provide evidence on how SISD meets its mission to serve, innovate, and empower.
Michigan Innocence Clinic Assistant Director Imran Syed will be speaking about the work of the MIC, which was the first exclusively non-DNA innocence clinic in the country. With the proliferation of DNA innocence projects at law schools across the country, many wrongfully convicted prisoners have been able to secure their freedom through DNA tests. However, DNA evidence is not available in the vast majority of crimes. For every person able to prove his/her innocence through DNA testing, there are many more who were wrongfully convicted for crimes who do not have the benefit of DNA evidence. These are the cases the MIC was founded to focus on. In its eight-year history, the MIC has secured the release from prison of 16 innocent men and women who had been convicted of crimes they did not commit. Mr. Syed will discuss some recent cases that the MIC has handled and also speak about general factors leading to wrongful convictions and how such injustices can be prevented.