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
August News and Events
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:
Drawing upon the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the mission of the Salem Award Foundation is to promote awareness, understanding and empathy in support of human rights, tolerance and social justice.
The deadline for nominations is September 30. The application and more information can be found on our website
August 19 George Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs,
John Proctor and John Willard Anniversary
Five victims in the Salem Witch Trials were hanged on this date: Rev. George S. Burroughs, Martha Carrier, George Jacobs, John Proctor and John Willard.
Officials in attendance included Judges John Hathorne, Jonathan Corwin, and Bartholomew Gedney, and Ministers Nicholas Noyes, John Hale and Cotton Mather.
The onlookers sensed that injustice may have been done, as George Burroughs recited The Lord's Prayer perfectly as he stood on Gallows Hill (something a witch was not able to do). Burroughs and his fellow victims prayed that theirs was the last innocent blood shed. A free, public question-and-answer forum will be offered at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial at noon on August 19, to mark the anniversary.
12:00 pm at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial
Liberty Street, Salem
Sponsored by The Witch House
August Dates to Remember
August 18 19th Amendment Ratified
Suffragette parade in NYC, 1915.
Today, our sisters, mothers and grandmothers can participate in the election of public officials thanks to the hard work of past generations of women. On this date in 1920, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment, prohibiting any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. It took over 40 years from the drafting of the amendment to its ratification. Learn more.
Visit the Library of Congress's extensive collection of documents and photographs of the Women's Suffrage Movement
. August 30 International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Some men arrive. They force their way into a family's home, rich or poor, in a city or village--anywhere. Giving no reasons, producing no arrest warrant, and frequently without saying on whose authority they act, they drag off one or more members of the household towards a car, using violence if necessary.
This is often the first act in the drama of an enforced or involuntary disappearance, a particularly heinous violation of human rights and an international crime. Learn more.
Save the Dates!
The SAF will host two guided tours in Essex National Heritage Area's 2015 Trails and Sails events in September. You will want to attend both!
Follow the links below for details on each event.
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