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. 


April News and Events    

22nd Annual Salem Award Ceremony
Mario Joseph, Rep. John Tierney, and Brian Concannon at this year's Salem Award ceremony

Over 200 people gathered in the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom on March 23 to honor the achievements of this year's Salem Award recipients, Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph, who were lauded for their 20+ years of service to the people of Haiti. Through their organizations, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, they work to combine traditional legal strategies with the empowerment of victims' organizations and political advocacy. There is almost no area in which they are not actively working for the consolidation of constitutional democracy, justice and human rights.

   About the receiving the Salem Award, Concannon said, "This award is important to us because it gives visibility to our work. International recognition gives us some protection and encourages us, because people are aware of what we do." Learn more.





Exhibit at The Gables: The Malala Portraits Malala_crop
Through April 10, 2014
The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street, Salem, MA, 01970

This stunning collection of portraits of Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who spoke up in favor of education for girls and was shot for that opinion, depicts her intelligence, courage and dignity. Painted by local high school students to honor the Nobel Peace Prize nominee, these compelling works of art are done in various mediums.


Please check the House of the Seven Gables web site for latest hours and admission details for this exhibit.      



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.

April 17  Slavery By Another Name
Partial screening of Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, followed with a discussion of contemporary prison policy with
Dr. Rebecca Hill, Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director, American Studies Program, Kennesaw State University and member, Critical Prison Studies Caucus.  Learn more and see the full film list.

4:00-6:00 p.m., Salem State University
Meier Hall Room 426, North Campus
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.

Apr 28   Yom HaShoah Commemoration 
In honor of Holocaust Days of Remembrance, there will be a Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. The event includes a Survivors and Generations Candle-lighting Ceremony, The Gordon College Women's Choir, and a keynote presentation by Rena Finder, a Schindler's List Survivor. Learn more.

7 p.m. at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
483 Lowell Street, Peabody, MA 

Dates to Remember
Apr 22   Earth Day
Environmental Justice is not a new concept, but it is often bypassed in the wake of other more brutal offenses. According to the EPA, it means the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, incomes, and educational levels with respect to environmental laws, regulations, and policies. It implies that no one should be forced to shoulder disproportionate exposure to the negative effects of pollution due to lack of political or economic strength. Earth Day is an opportunity to reflect on how you can make the world a more livable place. Learn more.
Pick5    Environmental action means taking the simple steps wherever we live. Pick 5 is an international environmental connection effort. Pick Your Five ways to help the environment.

April 27-May 4  Holocaust Days of Remembrance
The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.  
    This year's theme is Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses. We are invited to look back at two seminal events that raise questions about the U.S. response to Jewish refugees: the passengers aboard MS St. Louis in 1939, and the fate of Hungarian Jews deported in 1944. Learn more.

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