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.


February News and Events    

February 11  Afghanistan Present and
Near Future: Will the U.S. Really Leave?
A Conversation with Kathy Kelly  

The Salem Peace Committee is pleased to present Kathy Kelly, founder of Voices in the Wilderness. Recently returned from her 13th trip to Afghanistan since 2010, Kelly lived in a working-class neighborhood of Kabul as a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. She will discuss the U.S. presence in Afghanistan and how the peace and justice community should respond.
7:00-9:00 p.m. at First Church of Salem Unitarian, 316 Essex St., Salem 
Free and open to the public. For more information, 978-740-9917.

Salem State University Spring Film Series
Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
This series of free public film screenings and discussion forums will use four new documentaries to spark community conversation about the long history of civil rights in the United States.

February 26  Freedom Riders    
The viewing of Freedom Riders will be followed by a discussion with Judy Richardson, a former freedom rider, and visiting professor at Brown University.
Learn more and see the full film list.

6:00-8:30 p.m. at Salem Five Community Room
210 Essex Street, Salem
Free and open to the public.
For more information, 978-542-7349.

Presented by SSU's Frederick E. Berry Library/Archives and Special Collections, the Interdisciplinary Studies Dept./American Studies concentration, History dept., and the City of Salem's No Place for Hate Committee.

March 23  22nd Annual Salem Award for
                 Human Rights
  and Social Justice
Join us as we honor Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph for their decades of work to restore democracy, justice, and human rights to the people of Haiti. Learn more and reserve tickets.

Sunday, March 23, 4:00 p.m.
Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom 
18 Washington Square W., Salem, MA

February Dates to Remember

Feb 1-28  Black History Month 
In 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson organized a week to honor the birth of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. This has grown into a month-long international observance to pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who faced adversity to achieve their rightful place as American citizens and members of society. Learn more. 

February 6   50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act Signing 
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. This act ended the use of "Jim Crow" laws, which had been upheld by the Supreme Court since the 1896 case Plessy v. Ferguson that considered racial segregation "separate but equal."  Learn more. 

February 13  World Radio Day  
Radio reaches the widest audience in the world.  In the face of constantly changing and new technological forms it persists. Radio is a powerful, low-cost communication tool able to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth, and the poor depend on it. It also serves a specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. Learn more.              


February 20  World Day of Social Justice
Established by the U.N. and first observed in 2009, this day promotes poverty eradication and social integration. By highlighting the importance of education in sustainable development, we set the stage for responsible citizenship, and can build a world based on the principles of justice, equity, participation and transparency. Learn more.

February 22  World Thinking Day
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has been celebrating World Thinking Day since 1926. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world set aside this day to celebrate international friendship and learn about and take action on important issues.
   This year's theme, universal primary education, teaches that "education opens doors for all boys and girls." The 2014 focus countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Benin, and Saint Vincent and The Grenadines. Learn more.

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