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.

September 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.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to October 31.

The application and more information can be found on our website.

SAF Participates in 2015 Trails and Sails 
with Two Memorable Tours 
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. 

   The Quakers of Early Salem on September 26

September Dates to Remember  
September 15-October 15  Hispanic Heritage Month
Joan Baez, at the March on Washington D.C., 1963

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence to Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (1821). Mexico declared independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
   Approved as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson and expanded to cover a 30-day period, this observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. Learn more.  

September 19   Giles Corey Pressed
On September 17, 1692, Giles Corey was taken from Salem Jail to a nearby field where he was laid on the ground face up. Before a public crowd, wooden boards were placed across his body and stone blocks a stacked atop the boards. After two days and of silent suffering, Giles was asked to plead innocent or guilty to witchcraft. This technique, an effort to force him to plea, was unsuccessful and his will was honored. Corey's last words were, "more weight."

September 21  International Day of Peace 
In 1981, the U.N. General Assembly, by unanimous vote, established the International Day of Peace. "Peace Day" provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create and share in practical acts of peace. It could be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you do not know. The 2015 theme, "Partnerships for Peace -- Dignity for All," underscores the need for all segments of society to work together to make peace possible. Without the thousands of partnerships formed and nurtured annually between people, groups, and governments, peace would not have a chance. Learn more. See what's happening on #PeaceDay.

September 22   Martha Corey, Mary Eastey, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Ann Pudeator, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Redd, and Samuel Wardwell Hanged
Only three days after Giles Corey's execution, the final eight victims of the 1692 Witch Trials, including Corey's wife, were hanged: Martha Corey, Mary Eastey, Alice Parker, Mary Parker, Ann Pudeator, Margaret Scott, Wilmot Redd, and Samuel Wardwell.  

A free, public question-and-answer forum will be offered at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial at noon on September 22, to mark the anniversary. This is sponsored by The Witch House. Learn more.
12:00 pm at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial   
Liberty Street, Salem

Coming in October

October 1st
Working to Unify Diverse Communities
Mickey Northcutt, CEO, North Shore Community Development Corporation

October 8th
What It Means to Be a Site of Conscience
Braden Paynter, Program Associate, International Sites of Conscience

October 15th
On Being a City of Inclusion
Kim Driscoll, Mayor, City of Salem

October 22nd
America's Border Crisis: How Immigration Became Illegal
Avi Chomsky, Professor of History, SSU

October 29th
What It Means to Be a Descendant
John Keenan, Vice President, SSU

For directions to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and more information about these and other events sponsored by the Salem Award Foundation, please visit salemaward.org.

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.  

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