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.

October News and Events
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
Kimberley 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.

Salem Award Nomination Deadline
Extended to October 31

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 application and more information can be found on our website.

October Dates to Remember  
LGBT History Month
This year marks the 10th anniversary of this annual, month-long tribute to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights. The celebration coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.
    The achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender icons are recognized over the month. Intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT, this observance originated in the United States and was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson in 1994.
Learn more

October 2  Non-Violence Day
International Day of Non-Violence was established to honor Mahatma Gandhi's birthday. Gandhi helped India gain independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the world. Although he was not the originator of the  non-violence principle, he was the first to apply it in the political field on a large scale. His novel approach brought down colonialism, strengthened the roots of popular sovereignty, and inspired freedom seekers like Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., and Aung San Suu Kyi. Learn more.

October 24 United Nations Day (1945) 
On this date in 1945, the United Nations Charter officially went into affect. Originally signed in June 26, by 50 of the 51 member countries, it was enforced after ratification by the five permanent members of the Security Council (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States). Learn more.

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