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. 

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Upcoming Events

November 20  Making and Unmaking Nations: Leadership, War,  

                        and Genocide in Contemporary Africa 

SSU Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
presents Scott Straus, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

In this provocative talk, Dr. Straus will discuss the subject of his forthcoming book, examining why some situations escalate to mass violence against civilians while others do not. Focus will be on the cases of Rwanda and Sudan as well as Côte d'Ivoire and Mali.

7:00 pm at Salem State University
Enterprise Center, Room 106, Central Campus, Salem, MA
Learn more.


December 2  Update from Afghanistan: Fahima Gaheez Vorgetts, 
                      2004 Salem Award Winner  

Long-time champion for the women and children of Afghanistan, Fahima Gaheez Vorgetts, returns to Salem to talk about her continued work as Director of the Afghan Women's Fund and as a board member of Women for Afghan Women. Through these organizations, she raises funds for the women and children of Afghanistan via speaking engagements and the sales of Afghan handcrafts. This talk will be followed by a trunk sale of Afghan handcrafts to raise funds for these causes! This trunk sale of Afghan handcrafts is the perfect way to start your holiday shopping while at the same time helping the women and children in Afghanistan.  


7:00 - 9:00 pm at The House of the Seven Gables

115 Derby Street, Salem, MA    


November Dates to Remember 
Two Native American men, 1923.
Courtesy, Library of Congress

Native American Heritage Month 

What began at the turn of the 20th century as an effort to recognize the first Americans' contributions to the United States has evolved into a heritage month. 

    In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association met in Lawrence, KS, and formally approved "American Indian Day." Over the decades, states adopted "American Indian Day," but the idea did not gain national attention until the 1990s.
    President George H. W. Bush approved the joint resolution making November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued annually since 1994. 

    President Obama's 2014 proclamation of National Native American Heritage Month expresses the far-reaching influence of these peoples on the United States. Read the proclamation.  



November 11   Veterans Day

Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. This preserves the historical significance of the date, and helps focus attention on Veterans Day's important purpose: to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good--whenever and wherever they are called.

   The observance began with the cease-fire armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. It went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars." As decades passed and subsequent wars erupted, the November 11 observance evolved. Learn more.   



November 16   Day for Tolerance  

On its 50th anniversary, 16 November 1995, UNESCO's member states adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. This Declaration affirms that tolerance is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression, and ways of being human. Tolerance recognizes the universal human rights and fundamental freedoms of others. It is not only a moral duty, but also a political and legal requirement for individuals, groups and States.  Learn more. 



November 25   International Day
for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Although the 25th of every month is Orange Day, November 25th marks the infamous anniversary that began this movement. On November 25, 1960, the Mirabal Sisters, Dominican political dissidents who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, were assassinated. Three of the four sisters were killed. In 1999, these women received recognition from the United Nations General Assembly, which designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in their honor. Learn more.   


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