This Month in Human Rights
and Social Justice
The upcoming events and dates below are opportunities for all of us to recognize and remember those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for victims of

social injustice.   

Salem Award Nominations are open! 
The Salem Award Foundation welcomes nominations from the public at large. We encourage you to submit nominations of people or organizations that are in keeping with our mission: to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.
   The deadline for nominations is September 1. The application and more information can be found on our website.

President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act. 

July 2   1964 Civil Rights Act Passed  
This act is the nation's benchmark civil rights legislation, and it continues to affect American society today. The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It ended the unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in the workplace and all facilities that served the public.  
Learn more.

                                    July 12   Malala Day

Malala_2013July 12, 2013 is Malala's 16th birthday. Hundreds of youth representatives from across the world will come together to celebrate and show their support for her and for universal education. Malala will give her first public speech since the shooting and will speak on the importance of universal education at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Learn more
and read Malala's blog.
July 18   Nelson Mandela Day  
In November 2009, the U.N. General Assembly declared July 18 "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to protecting human rights and promoting equality and reconciliation. The day holds additional poignancy this year, as it marks his 95th birthday and he continues to experience
health complications. Learn more.



July 26   Americans with Disabilities Act Signed 

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law and guaranteed equal opportunities for people with disabilities in employment, state and government services, transportation, accommodation, and telecommunications.  Learn more.

UN_flag July 30   International Day of Friendship
In 2011 by the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed this day to encourage governments, international organizations and civil groups to hold events that foster dialogue and promote a sense of solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation. Learn more.



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