To All WhiteHouseBoys
Roger Kiser http://thewhitehouseboys.com/ was contacted by Ms. Viccy Krawcheck of the group Southern
Poverty Law Center http://www.splcenter.org/ about contacting people interested in speaking out about
the effects of corporal punishment in Florida Schools and Florida Institutions. He gave me her number and
we had a long conversation on the subject we are all fighting against. The date for a meeting would be in
Jacksonville, Fl. (exact location to be determined soon) on Thursday, Feb. 10th at 11:30 am.
Among other things they are directing their resources to the ban of the whip, belt and paddle in public
schools and an initiative to move juveniles out of the current detention facilities ( both here and other states)
and into alternative programs that would benefit the children's welfare and reduce the cost thereof.
David J. Utter http://www.splcenter.org/who-we-are/staff/david-j-utter
Director, Florida Initiatives
David Utter has spent his legal career representing indigent individuals in civil rights cases throughout the
South. He is the former director and co-founder of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. He has worked
as an attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, where he represented indigent
prisoners in Alabama and Louisiana who challenged illegal treatment and conditions. He also co-founded the
Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center to address inequities in the defense of indigent persons facing the death
penalty. In 2003, the Louisiana Bar Foundation named Utter its Distinguished Attorney of the Year for his
work on juvenile justice reform. He is also the recipient of the Ford Foundation and Advocacy Institute’s
Leadership for a Changing World Award for 2005. He is a graduate of Emory University and the University of
Florida Levin College of Law.
If any of you would like to attend this meeting please contact Viccy Krawcheck, please contact her at her
Office # 786-347-2056
I for one am very excited in doing whatever I can to support their cause on a personal or informational level.
Hopefully we are all looking for a way to step beyond Marianna and to change something on a state level. I
think this is just such an opportunity.
Thanks To All,
Robert W. Straley
The following link explains SPLC's educational initiative: