Human Rights Day 2003 Event Details

Are They Coming For YOU?!

 

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

 

Event Schedule:

 

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. 

 

If you wish to  co-sponsor this event in 2003, please click here.

 

If you wish to make a contribution to the this event, please click here.

 

 

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

 

CONEA/Sector 10/NEBCA/MVH

 

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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