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
March News and Events
March 5-12 Salem Film Fest
The SAF is pleased to sponsor a film again this year. Evaporating Borders
dissects the experience of asylum seekers in Cyprus. Filmmaker Iva Radivojevic investigates the effects of large-scale immigration on the sense of national identity. Poetically photographed and rendered, the film weaves the themes of migration, tolerance, identity, and belonging. Learn more about the Film Fest.
Friday, March, 6, 2015 5:30 p.m.
PEM's Morse Auditorium
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
March 22 23rd Annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice
Join us as we honor Josť Antonio Vargas -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of Define American
, a campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.
Learn more about him and the upcoming ceremony at salemaward.org
Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m.
Mar 1-30 Women's History Month
Gladys Tantaquidgeon (1899-2005) Medicine Woman, Anthropologist, Tribal Elder
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 1981, Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 making the week of March 7, 1982 "Women's History Week." Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have issued annual proclamations designating March as "Women's History Month."
Recognizing women's achievements in all facets of life has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and opportunities for girls and women. The National Women's History Project
compiles an annual list of outstanding American women from the past and present. The theme for 2015, Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives,
presents the opportunity to weave women's stories -- individually and collectively -- into the fabric of our nation's history. Meet the honorees.
March 7 Bloody Sunday March -- Selma to Montgomery (1965)
This year marks the 50th anniversary of what many consider the turning point of America's Civil Rights Movement. Activists in Alabama organized a march for voting rights from Selma to the state capital, Montgomery. Some 600 people assembled at a downtown church, knelt briefly in prayer, and began walking silently, two-by-two through the streets. As the marchers crossed the Pettus Bridge into Montgomery, state and local law enforcers attacked them.
Read firsthand accounts from the National Archives.
March 25 International Day of
Remembrance of the
Victims of Slavery
On this day we honor those who suffered and died while in slavery and remember that the dangers of racism and prejudice still exist today.
This year's theme, "Women and Slavery," pays tribute to the strength of enslaved African women during transatlantic slave trade. Despite the many abuses that these women endured, they managed to preserve their African culture by relaying it to their descendants. African women experienced extreme forms of discrimination and exploitation as a result of their gender and skin color. Learn more.
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