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 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 has been extended to October 15.  

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




SAF Participates in 2014 Trails and Sails   September 27

The Surprising Quakers of 17th-Century Salem Walking Tour   

Join Salem State University public historians, Professors Emerson "Tad" Baker and Margo Shea, for a walking tour examining the history and influence of the Quakers in Salem. Three hundred years after the Witch Trials, we explore the lessons learned, its affect on our country and the evolution of tolerance.

    The tour begins at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street and continues on to the reproduction of the Quaker Meeting House on the grounds of the Peabody Essex Museum. After a brief talk, participants will walk to Maule's Well and the Quaker "Friend's Burial Ground" on Essex Street via the site of the original 1692 jail and courthouse.

    Guided tour starts on September 27 at 10:00 am at the Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street, Salem. Please allow 90 minutes for the tour. For more information, visit the Trails and Sails website.


Coming in October  
October 1   Tim Kendall Lecture: Our Neighbors and Neighborhood During the Witch Year

Historian Tim Kendall will lead the audience on a street-by-street tour of "Salem Town" as it was in 1692, showing who was involved in the trials and where they lived: the accused "witches," the neighbors who accused them, the judges who sentenced them, the ministers who excommunicated them, and the sheriff and constables who arrested and executed them. More details to come! 


7:00 pm   

The House of the Seven Gables 

115 Derby St., Salem 



Dates to Remember 
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Hispanic Heritage Month: 
September 15-October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence to Costa Rica,
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (1821). Mexico declared independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

   Approved as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson and expanded to cover a 30-day period, this observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. 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."

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.
    The 2014 theme, "We All Have a Right to Peace," underscores the need for an environment of peace to enjoy all human rights. Learn more. 



September 22   Martha Corey, Mary Eastey, Alice Parker,
Mary Parker, Ann Pudeator, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Redd, and Samuel 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 on September 22, to mark the anniversary. This is sponsored by The Witch House. 


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




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