HRE USA TAAS Series: Ending Gun Violence


Monday, November 14, 2022

7pm–9pm ET

Virtual Zoom Session

You have the right to live free from gun violence. The impact of the gun violence in the United States (US) has created a human rights crisis by denying people their civil and political rights, including their right to live, right to security of person, right to be free from discrimination and equal protection of the law. Gun violence also undermines the enjoyment of economic, social, and cultural rights, including the right to health and the right to education. The US has a legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfill these human rights as it has signed or ratified five International human rights conventions. 


Ernest Coverson serves at the End Gun Violence Campaign Manager for Amnesty International USA.  In this capacity he works to eradicate all forms of gun violence plaguing our country especially in Black and Brown communities.  This work is being done through the legislative process and direct community organizing.  As campaign manager Ernest has been able to forge partnerships throughout the country that has allowed Amnesty to support and elevate organizations that typically don’t receive national recognition.

Ernest has committed his life to social justice throughout the country.  He began his journey for justice as Regional Youth Director with the NAACP where he worked to develop youth leadership across the Midwest.  The work and results during that time lead to his elevation to Regional Director on the east coast where he continued to organize, train activist and also lead national voter empowerment programs.

With over 20 years of experience in community empowerment work, Ernest continues to build bridges for those in challenging circumstances while making sure their voices are lifted.  He is proud father of one daughter and servant to all.

Ebony McClease is a human rights activist and serves as AI’s Legislative Coordinator for CT Ebony is a non-profit organizer with experience at campus, regional, national and international levels. She is currently a Job Developer with Forensic Health Services and has also worked as a Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor with Women and Families Center. Ebony has an MS in Political Science: Public Administration/Policy; and an MA in Women’s Studies. 

Cynthia Gabriel Walsh is the Director of Human Rights Education for Amnesty International USA. Prior to joining Amnesty International USA, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa. Cynthia holds a Masters of Science in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology, International Affairs, and Latino Studies from Northeastern University. Cynthia has lived and traveled extensively through the America’s, Europe, and West Africa. She is based in Massachusetts where she lives with her spouse and three sons.

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