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.

April News and Events
23rd Annual Salem Award Ceremony
On March 22, over 125 people gathered in Salem's Old Town Hall to honor the fearless dedication of Josť Antonio Vargas, recipient of the 23rd annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. A riveting speaker and a powerful catalyst for action, Vargas inspired all who attended. The SAF thanks Mr. Vargas for his tireless advocacy for immigrant rights and encourages everyone to learn more about him and his work. Learn more.

April 7  A Storm of Witchcraft
Professor 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: rconary@7gables.org or call 978-744-0991, ext. 104.

April 13  Yom HaShoah: A Holocaust Commemoration
Janet Applefield, child survivor of the Holocaust, will speak on the topic  Surviving the Holocaust: The Ripple Effect of Kindness. The event will feature musical selections from the Salem State University Women's Chorale. This program is made possible by a grant from Combined Jewish Philanthropies and support from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Salem State University.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at  J. Henry Higgins Middle School
1 King St. Ext, Peabody, MA
Contact: nicole.frechette@salemstate.edu

April 27  Nuremberg and Now:
               Genocide and the International Courts 
        Discussion with Benjamin B. Ferencz and
        Bakhtiyar R. Tuzmukhamedov

American veteran Benjamin B. Ferencz was Chief Prosecutor for the United States in The Einsatzgruppen Case -- the 9th of the 12 war crimes trials the U.S. authorities held in Nuremberg, Germany, at the end of World War II. This case was hailed as a great success for the prosecution and for human rights worldwide.

Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov currently serves as a judge for the Appeals Chamber of the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.


7:30 to 9:00 PM at Salem National Park Service Visitors Center
2 New Liberty St., Salem, MA

Reserve tickets. 
Presented by Salem State University Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

May 2-3   Mass Poetry Festival Event
                at Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Participants in the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, held annually in Salem, are invited to join us at the Witch Trials Memorial for a morning of quiet contemplation on Bearing Witness to Injustice. Select poems from the mornings will be published on the SAF's website. Learn more about Massachusetts Poetry Festival.

May 2, 8:00-9:00a.m.; May 3, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Charter Street, Salem  

April Dates to Remember


Dachau inmates greet U.S. Army, 1945. 
April 12-19  Holocaust Days of
The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims.   

    One of this year's themes, Liberation 1945, remembers the U.S. soldiers who helped liberate the concentration camps. They were among the first eyewitnesses to the Holocaust. Their stories inspire the promotion of human dignity and confrontation of hatred whenever and wherever it occurs. Learn more. 


April 24   Armenian Genocide
On this date in 1915, Ottoman authorities rounded up and arrested 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. This marked the beginning of
the systematic extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions from 1915-1923. The total number of people killed was estimated at 1 to 1.5 million. Learn more. 

Armenian Genocide Centennial in Boston
The young adults of the Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee invite all, Armenian and non, to remember at the Armenian Heritage Park in Boston, MA. Help "pack the Park" with Armenians and their friends from every Massachusetts town, church, organization, school, etc. Learn more

7:30 p.m. at Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway 
Intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Cross St., Boston, MA

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