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.

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Drawing upon the lessons of 1692, the Salem Award Foundation educates people about issues related to human rights and social justice. We do this through the annual award to a champion of the rights of others and a corresponding student award, through our stewardship of the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which brings to life the tragic toll of 1692, and through events such lectures, sponsorship of films, partnership with other like-minded organizations to sponsor symposia, and our now well-known Tent Talks.

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November News and Events
November 12  Community Roundtable Discussion:
                        Where Do We Go From Here?
Westy Egmont, Professor at Boston College School of Social Work and Director of the Immigrant Integration Lab at Boston College, leads this month's conversation. These roundtables support frank, safe and open discourse about immigration, especially in Salem and surrounding communities.

6:00 pm at The House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby St., Salem 
Free and open to the public. Learn more.    

November 15  Making Whiteness Visible
Offered in collaboration with the Abbott Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, this 50-minute film aims to bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. It features stories from white men and women overcoming issues of unconscious bias.

2:00 pm at Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead
Free and open to the public. Learn more.

November Dates to Remember  
Native American History Month 
Utes Chief Sevara and family, c. 1899
Courtesy, Library of Congress

What began at the turn of the 20th century as an effort to recognize the first Americans' contributions to the United States has evolved into a heritage month.
    In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association met in Lawrence, KS, and formally ratified "American Indian Day," but the idea did not gain national attention until the 1990s.
     President George H. W. Bush approved the joint resolution making November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued annually since 1994.
    In his 2015 proclamation, President Obama underscores the need to strengthen government-to-government ties with tribal nations, and recognize the role of Native Americans in making America what it is today. Read the proclamation.

WWI Vets
World War I veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, 1918
November 11   Veterans Day
Veterans Day is observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. This preserves the historical significance of the date, and helps focus attention on Veterans Day's important purpose: to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good--whenever and wherever they are called.
   The observance began with the cease-fire armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. It went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars." As decades passed and subsequent wars erupted, the November 11 observance evolved. Learn more.

November 25 - December 10  "16 Days of Activism"
To galvanize the global efforts to end violence against women and girls, U.N. Women has organized the UNiTE to End Violence against Women "Orange the World" campaign. In 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence--from November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, "Orange Events" will take place worldwide. Learn more.

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