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
February News and Events
February Dates to Remember
2015 Salem Award Recipient Announced
The Salem Award Foundation proudly announces that Jose Antonio Vargas will receive the 2015 Salem Award.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and the founder of Define American
, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration. Learn more about him and the upcoming award ceremony at salemaward.org
2015 Salem Award Ceremony
Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Old Town Hall, Salem, MA
February 24 A Storm of Witchcraft
rofessor Emerson "Tad" Baker will present a lecture based on his new book, A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience,
in which he sets the Salem Witch Trials in the broader context of American history and examines their enduring legacy. Learn more.
6:00 - 8:00 pm at The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby St., Salem, MA
Free for members; $10.00 for non-members.
Reservations: email@example.com or call 978-744-0991, ext. 104.
African American soldier in Union uniform with family. Library of Congress
Feb 1-28 Black History Month
We thank the City of Salem for its ongoing financial support to the Salem Award Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. However, the majority of our funding comes through individual donations.
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 13 World Radio Day
Radio reaches the widest audience in the world. In the face of constantly changing and new technological forms, it persists. It is a powerful, low-cost tool that reaches remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth, and the poor. It also serves a specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief. This year's theme, "Youth and Radio," focuses on giving voice to youth and their concerns about the world they live in. Learn more.
February 18 Obama Administration Begins Taking DACA Requests
In November 2014, President Obama announced sweeping immigration reforms that cracked down on felons, not families. Starting on February 18, applications for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be accepted. Children of undocumented immigrants, who meet criteria, will be granted temporary legal status for three years.
The plan will allow up to 4.7 million of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to stay without threat of deportation, including about 4.4 million who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. 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.
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