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.   
September News and Events

Salem Award Nominations extended to September 30! 
The Salem Award Foundation encourages you to submit nominations of people or organizations aligned 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 now September 30. The application and more information can be found  on our website.

SAF Participates in 2013 Trails and Sails   September 20-22 & 27-29

Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Walking Tour
Enjoy a guided walking tour highlighting several key sites relevant to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, including: Salem Prison (Gaol), Bridget Bishop's property, Court House, Reverend Noyes House, Judge Johnathan Hathorne Home and the Meeting House. Volunteers will provide information and insight about each of these 17th-century landmarks.
    Guided tour starts on September 21 at 10:00 am at the Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street, Salem. Please allow 45 minutes for walking. For more information, visit the Trails and Sails website.

Got Empathy?  SAF Panel Discussion on September 26 

GotEmpathy? The Salem Award Foundation presents a Got Empathy?: Empathy in the World of 1692 and Now, a panel including PEM archivist Irene Axelrod, Professor Emerson "Tad" Baker, Lorri Davis, Damien Echols, Reverend Jeff Barz-Snell and moderator Christine Sullivan, CEO of the Enterprise Center.
   This special evening of shared experiences and new perspectives offers us all a chance to discover what lessons we have learned from the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692.

Q & A session to follow. Learn more. 


Thursday, September 26, 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.

The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem, MA  

$10 suggested donation, Students free. 


October 5   SAF Co-sponsors Forum on Bullying at SSU
Join us for this thought-provoking forum presented by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at SSU. Co-sponsored by SAF, SSU, Salem No Place for Hate, and the Cummings Foundation.
Guest Moderator: R.D. Sahl. Learn more at www.salemaward.org.



September Dates to Remember

FDouglassSeptember 3   

175th Anniversary of Frederick Douglass' 
Escape from Slavery 

On September 3, 1838, Frederick Bailey undertook a daring, life-changing journey. The 20-year-old slave escaped from his master in Baltimore and disguised himself as a free black sailor--a creditable disguise given his years of working on the waterfront.  

    Bailey knew of the deference shown to all sailors in a seafaring city like Baltimore. He borrowed a sailor's protection pass from a free African-American seaman--a document that was accepted in lieu of the "free papers" by railroad officials.   

    With his new-found freedom he renamed himself Frederick Douglass. Learn more.



September 17  Constitution Day  Constitution

Originally known as Citizenship Day, this date marks the adoption of the United States Constitution and recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.
    All Americans are encouraged to observe this important day in our nation's history. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of appreciation for the United States of America and the freedoms the Founding Fathers secured. Learn more. 


September 19   Giles Corey Pressed

On September 17 1692, Giles Corey was taken from Salem Jail to a nearby field where he was laid on the ground face up. Before a public crowd, wooden boards were placed across his body and stone blocks a stacked atop the boards. After two days and of silent suffering, Giles was asked to plead innocent or guilty to witchcraft. This technique, an effort to force him to plea, was unsuccessful and his will was honored.
Corey's last words were "more weight."


Changing Rules of 21st Century Warfare:  TomNicols

Tom Nichols Speaks at Salem Athenĉum 

Since International Day of Peace is just around the corner, it might be a good time to learn more about the changing nature of modern warfare and humanitarian aid. Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval War College, will speak on the evolution of warfare internationally and its consequences. 


September 19, 7:00 pm

The Salem Athenĉum, 337 Essex Street

$15, $10 members, Students free. Learn more.  


UN_PeaceDay September 21   

International Day of Peace

In 1981, the U.N. General Assembly, by unanimous vote, established the International Day of Peace. "Peace Day" provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create and share in practical acts of peace. It could be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know.

    Since it lands on a Saturday this year, special activities and celebrations will take place worldwide on 2013 Peace Day Weekend--festivals, concerts, a global Peace Wave, and moments of silence at noon in every time zone.
Learn more.



September 22   Corey, Eastey, A. Parker, M. Parker, Pudeator, Scott, Redd, and Wardwell Hanged

Only three days after Giles Corey's execution, the final eight victims of the 1692 Witch Trials, including Corey's wife, were hanged: Martha Corey, Mary Eastey, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Ann Pudeator, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Redd, and Samuel Wardwell.


A free, public question and answer forum will be offered at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial at noon to mark the anniversary. This is sponsored by The City of Salem Witch House.


12:00 pm at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial  

Liberty Street, Salem



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