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The October 12 'MHP' Syllabus

This Sunday on Melissa Harris-Perry: contagion, court, and A Cup of Water. Tune in 10am ET on MSNBC
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus
Melissa Harris Perry MHP The Syllabus

This Sunday on Melissa Harris-Perry: contagion, court, and A Cup of Water.

First, the relationship between Ebola and ISIS: an irrational push to “secure the border.” Hillary Mann Leverett, professor at American University, will join host Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss why a secure border is essential to national security, yet, the focus on "keeping the bad guys out" can distract from solutions that address the root causes of these global crises.

Then, court is in session! This term, the Supreme Court will consider a case that could determine the future of the Fair Housing Act, the landmark civil rights era legislation that prohibits racial discrimination in housing. Our panel will explain this “disparate impact” case as well as the Supreme Court’s actions in Wisconsin, Ohio and North Carolina regarding voter ID laws and the lack of action on same-sex marriage. Panelists include:

Do you know your rights? The 4th amendment states, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause." Eugene O'Donnell, professor of Law and Police Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former NYPD Officer; Valarie Kaur, lawyer, filmmaker and director of Groundswell; Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture; and Judith Browne Dianis will discuss the 4th amendment in relation to recent viral videos of controversial police actions as we ask what, if anything, will protect you from the police.

Then, activist, writer, and former editor of Colorlines, Daisy Hernandez, joins us in #nerdland to discuss her new memoir A Cup of Water Under My Bed.

All that, plus, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel tells us why 75 isn’t a bad age to die.

Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Sunday at 10am ET on msnbc!

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