Are They Coming For YOU?!
What does the USA Patriot Act mean for you & your organization?
5:00 PM - READING OF THE UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS DECLARATION
& EARTH CHARTER DOCUMENT
(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.
5:45 PM - POTLUCK DINNER
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 HumanRights@RochesterAlliance.org or
Mary Boite 232-1463 BoiteM@RochesterAlliance.org
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
Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Rochester
Center for Dispute Settlement
Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas/CITA
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
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
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
Libertarian Party of Monroe County
Monroe Coalition for Democracy
Moving Beyond Racism, 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
Peacework Organic Farm
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 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