Human Rights Day 2003 Event Details

Are They Coming For YOU?!


What does the USA Patriot Act mean for you & your organization?


Event Schedule:





(in front of Rochester City Hall - Church and N. Fitzhugh Streets)


Welcome & introduction by Jason Crane.


A Candlelight Vigil and Reading of the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of the Earth Charter Document.


Community Potluck dinner across from Rochester City Hall at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh Street
 Tabling  by co-sponsoring groups will be encouraged.

6:45 PM - PROGRAM (following the Potluck dinner in the same location):


Facilitator: Barbara deLeeuw, Director Genesee Valley Chapter-New York Civil Liberties Union


Performance: Rochester's Raging Grannies


Presentation: Rochester Youth Action Network Theatre Group


· Michael Freeman - a co-founder of RYAN, the Rochester Youth Action Network, and coordinator of the Fairport Peace Club. He is currently a junior at Fairport High School.


· Kelly Miller - a senior at Pittsford Mendon High School. She is cofounder of RYAN and co-president of PMHS's Amnesty International, Environmental Awareness Club, and Gay-Straight Alliance.


Guest Speaker: Thomas Tobin, Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Democrat & Chronicle. Mr. Tobin is eminently qualified to speak on issues such as privacy, freedom of expression, freedom to read as well as the implications for our community. His editorials have been sounding a public alarm calling out for the preservation of democratic freedoms since the passage of the so-called USA Patriot Act. His remarks will be followed by others in the community with backgrounds & interests in issues involving civil liberties.


Community Response/Reflection: How the Patriot Act affects our lives.


· Bill Abom, Western NY coordinator for Rural & Migrant Ministry and primary coordinator for the highly successful 330 Miles to Albany march for farmworker justice last April.


· Mary Boite, Politics of Food Resource Center Coordinator and international human rights activist.


· Yasmin Kabir, a Muslim American, mother of two children, supporter of peace, justice and dignity for all humanity.


· John Keevert, a retired Kodak scientist active in economic and social justice issues with Metro Justice and the First Unitarian Church of Rochester.


· Pat Mannix, a long-time activist and current member of Rochester’s Raging Grannies.


· John Perry Smith, President of Total Information, Inc, a bookseller for over 30 years, and a member of Board of Interfaith Action (a faith-based group organizing for the common good).


· Ken Maher has been a Quaker for about 35 years and does not want his seven children to grow up in fear of their government, even though he's beginning to feel that way himself.


Questions and Answers will follow the presentation


Call to Action: Attendees will be given the opportunity to take an action that will help restore our civil liberties in our community.


NOTE: Miami video footage: Two weeks ago in Miami several from the Rochester Indymedia group experienced intense repression unleashed by the state on peaceful demonstrators. Their five-minute video, pulling together footage of video that their group and dozens of other media activists shot, will be shown throughout the evening; and members of Indymedia will be there to talk about the ramifications of these police actions for future demonstrations.



“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin


This event is free & open to the public. It will be interpreted for the deaf. Child care will be provided.  The Church is handicapped accessible and the room is looped for the hearing impaired.


The 2003 Human Rights Day Vigil Committee:


Diane Apere, First Unitarian Church; Mary Boite, Politics of Food; Barbara Deming, Public Policy Committee Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; Martha Howden, Buddhist Peace Fellowship; Barbara deLeeuw, Genesee Valley Chapter-New York Civil Liberties Union; Sue Mihalyi, Alliance For Democracy-Rochester; Gail Mott, Justice Ministry of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church; Hank Stone, Citizens for a United Earth.


Contact: Gail Mott 381-5606 or


Mary Boite 232-1463


Sincere appreciation to Interpreter for the Deaf Dawn Zuppelli of Rochester Indymedia, and to Dzindzi Asamoah-Wade for childcare.


Many thanks to Hank Stone for his annual gift of luminaria; to Rome Celli for internet communications; to volunteers Alice Gabriels, Sandy Cain, Dick Deming, Peter Mott, the Maintenance Staff at DUPC, and others who have pitched in to help tonight. 


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The following is a partial list of event sponsors:


Alliance for Democracy-Rochester


Abundance Cooperative Market


All Souls United Church of Religious Sciences


Alternatives for Battered Women, Inc.


Americans United for Separation of Church & State—Rochester


Amnesty International, Group 191 (Brockport)


Amnesty International, Pittsford Mendon High School


Amnesty International, SUNY Brockport


Brockport Ecumenical Outreach Ministry


Brownbag Bookshop


Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Rochester


Center for Dispute Settlement


Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas/CITA


Cephas Attica


Church Women United, Rochester


Citizens for a United Earth


Ciudad Hermana (Metro Justice Taskforce)


Colgate Rochester Cozer Divinity School


Commission of Christian-Muslim Relations


Common Good Planning Center




Concerned Citizens for Peace


Downtown United Presbyterian Church


Edge of Justice-Rochester


Education for Peace, Inc.


Empire State Consumer Association


EMPOWER Welfare Rights


Episcopal Diocese of Rochester


Eritrean Development Foundation


Fairport High School Students for Peace


Farmworker Legal Services


Fellowship of Reconciliation, Rochester


First Unitarian Church or Rochester


First Universalist Church


Flower City Habitat for Humanity


Genesee Valley Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union


Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace


Genesee Valley Organic Community Supported Agriculture


Greater Rochester Community of Churches


Greater Rochester Community Reinvestment Coalition


Green Party of Monroe County


Greenwood Books


Gutenberg Books


House of Mercy, Inc.


Housing Opportunities, Inc.


IndyMedia of Rochester/TV Dinner


Interfaith Health Care Coalition


Interfaith Impact of New York State


Interfaith Advocates for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People


Interfaith Alliance of Rochester


Islamic Center of Rochester


Jewish Community Federation of Greater Rochester


Judicial Process Commission


Justice for Farmworkers Campaign


Kandid Coalition


Kucinich for President Committee, Rochester


Lake Avenue Memorial Baptist Church, Peace and Justice Group


Latino Alliance, Inc.


League of Women Voters


Legal Aid Society of Rochester


Legal Connection


Libertarian Party of Monroe County


Metro Justice


Monroe Coalition for Democracy


Moving Beyond Racism, Rochester


N.A.A.C.P., Rochester


National Coalition Building Institute, Rochester


Native American Cultural Center


Nazareth College—Social Justice Group


New York State United Teachers


New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group


Northeast Neighborhood Alliance


PeaceArt International


Peace Network


Peacework Organic Farm


Peacework, Rochester


Planned Parenthood of Rochester/Syracuse


Politics of Food Program


Poor People’s Coalition


Poor People United—Metro Justice Taskforce


Potluck for Progressives


Presbytery Peacemaking Ministry Team


Public Employees Federation


Reconciliation Network - Rochester


Regional Action Group for the Environment


Rochester Area Coalition for a Living Wage


Rochester Center for Independent Living


Rochester Committee for Middle East Peace


Rochester Committee on Latin America (Metro Justice Task Force)


Rochester Food Not Bombs


Rochester Friends Meeting - Religious Society of Friends


Rochester Global AIDS Project


Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry


Rochester Labor Council


Rochester Labor-Religion Coalition


Rochester N.O.W.


Rochester Zen Center


Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides


Rural and Migrant Ministry


St. John The Evangelist Church (Humboldt Street)


St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center


Save the Genesee Committee


SEIU Local 200 United


Sierra Club—Rochester Regional Group


Sisters of Mercy, Rochester


Sisters of St. Joseph, Rochester


Spiritus Christi Church


Step by Step of Rochester, Inc.


That All May Freely Serve


The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester


UNITE, Rochester Regional Joint Board


United Nations Association of Rochester


Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua


U of R Students for Social Justice


Veterans for Peace, Louise Smith Chapter, Rochester


WAVE (Women Against Violent Environment)


Women of Reform Judaism, B’rith Kodesh Sisterhood

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