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. 


July News and Events    

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 15. The application and more information can be found on our website

July 19  Good, Howe, Martin, Nurse and Wildes Anniversary
Five victims in the Salem Witch Trials were hanged on this date: Sarah Good, Elizabeth Howe, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Wildes.

   When Rev. Nicholas Noyes urged an enraged Sarah Good to confess so she does not "die a liar," she responded with her now famous curse, "You are a liar! I am no more a witch than you are a wizard, and if you take away my life, God will give you blood to drink!"       

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 Witch House. 


12:00 pm at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial   
Liberty Street, Salem



Dates to Remember
50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights
Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, AL
Act (1964) 

This month marks our nation's benchmark civil rights legislation, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2. The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. 

   Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and 1993 winner for the Salem Award, wrote a thought-provoking article about what this 50th anniversary means and charges us to recommit ourselves to the cause.  Read the article.   



NelsonMandelaDay July 18  Nelson Mandela Day   

The late Nelson Mandela followed three rules throughout his life's work: 1. Free yourself,
2. Free others, and 3. Serve every 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 efforts to protect human rights and promote equality and reconciliation. The lesson of his life continues to inspire people worldwide.
Learn more.

July 19-20  First Woman's Rights Convention (1848) Seneca Falls, NY

This gathering of friends in 1848 grew into the Women's Rights Movement that continues to improve the lives of women everywhere. An estimated 300 women and men attended this convention, held at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, NY. Lucretia Mott and Frederick Douglass were among the attendants and also stood with 100 people--68 women and 32 men--who signed the Declaration of Sentiments drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the M'Clintock family. Learn more.        Read The Declaration of Sentiments 

Mayors Holaday (Newburyport), Kirk (Gloucester), Driscoll (Salem) and Wong (Fitchburg). Photo: P. Leeco


   The struggle continues today! This week hundreds of women rallied at City Hall Plaza in Boston to protest the Supreme Court's recent decisions curtailing the freedoms of women. Dozens of elected officials from the region, including Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, attended the Supreme Rally for Women's Equality on July 8.
Read the Boston Globe Article.


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