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.

May News and Events

May 12   Will There Ever Be A Clear Path
               To Citizenship? 
The Gables Community Conversations series continues with Dan-el Padilla, author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, will give an overview of his own life to address the question of citizenship. Despite his accomplishments as a scholar at Princeton, Oxford, Stanford and Columbia Universities, Padilla has not been able to obtain full legal-resident status in the United States. For more information on this program, contact anuncio@7gables.org.

6:00 pm at The House of the Seven Gables
115 Derby Street, Salem

May 17    Islam and America: The Life of Mohammed 
               as told by one who grew up near Mecca
Dr. Majed Ashy returns to continue the conversation about the Islamic experience in America. He teaches at Merrimack College and conducts research with colleagues at Boston University and McLean Hospital. His studies examine the psychological and biological factors contributing to cross-cultural attitudes towards war, peace, apology, forgiveness, terrorism, extremism, human rights, and others.

Islam and America
is a series sponsored by First Church in Salem, UU.

7:00 pm at First Church in Salem, Unitarian
316 Essex Street, Salem

Coming in June 

Dates to Remember
May 1-31 Asian-American Pacific
Mealtime at Manzanar, CA relocation center, 1942.
                (AAPI) Heritage
A rather broad term, AAPI encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. The AAPI community still struggles to break stereotypes that have limited equal opportunity.
   In 2009, President Obama signed an executive order to restore the White House Initiative on Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities to address concerns in those populations. Learn more.
   The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center continues to expand the celebration Asian culture with museum events, innovative arts gatherings, and digital projects throughout May. This year's theme, #CROSSLINES marks the opening of the Smithsonian's inaugural Culture Lab -- a convening of artwork, performance and dialogue as a means to explore identities -- across race, class, gender, sexuality and more. The goal: to increase awareness of the Asian Pacific American population and engage people throughout the United States via social media.

May 1-8   Holocaust Days of Remembrance 
Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Day of Remembrance, lands on May 5 this year. The U.S. Congress established this event as an annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent memorial to the victims.
   One of this year's themes, "Rescue," shows us that what we, as everyday citizens, choose to do --or not to do-- matters. Learn more about the men, women and children who made a difference in the lives of countless Jewish refugees.

DOT2013 May 21   World Day for Cultural
               Diversity and Inclusion

Three-quarters of the world's major conflicts contain a cultural dimension. Bridging the gap between cultures is urgent and necessary for peace, stability and development. To this end, the U.N. declared May 21st as World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in 2001. Learn more.
    One very small act can become a global change if we all take part. Do ONE thing for diversity and inclusion on May 21st, like gathering with friends to cook traditional food of another culture, or volunteer with an organization that works for diversity and inclusion. For more ideas, visit the Do One Thing Facebook page.

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