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"Human Rights Revisited" Celebration February 6

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"Human Rights Revisited" Celebration February 6

Monday, January 26, 2015

On Friday, February 6, the Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Office of Human Rights (OHR) will be hosting Human Rights Revisited. This special evening will include the rescheduled “Diversity of Perspectives” Panel that was cancelled due to inclement weather on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2014, and the Award Ceremony for the first annual “What Would MLK Say Today?” Poster Contest.

Human Rights Revisited will take place on Friday, February 6th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on the Avenue of Friends and the Borg Warner Room of the Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street, Ithaca.  Admission is free.  The venue is accessible.  Refreshments will be provided.

The “What Would MLK Say Today?” Poster Contest is an opportunity for Tompkins County residents of all ages to imagine and express how MLK’s timeless strategies for equality can address today’s challenges.  The winners of the contest will be awarded their prizes and certificates and artwork will be on display on the Avenue of Friends throughout Black History Month.

“A Diversity of Perspectives” will engage the community in a conversation about how different views and strategies can come together to achieve collectively-desired outcomes. When it comes to building and sustaining social justice strategies, the sharing of individual stories related to human rights, diversity, and inclusion is an important endeavor.  These unique stories, which come from vastly differing experiences and perspectives, can be woven together to create multi-layered and inclusive approaches to doing human rights work.

Schedule:
5:30 p.m.         Meet and greet with refreshments
6:00 p.m.         Awards Ceremony
6:45 p.m.         Short human rights impact video
7:00 p.m.         Panel discussion
7:30 p.m.         Community conversation
8:00 p.m.         Closing remarks

 The distinguished panel of discussants will include:

Fabina Benites Colon.  Program Educator, Multicultural Resource Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension;
Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong.  Local Activist, Ithaca Asian American Association;
Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo.  Professor of Political Science, Wells College; and
Sofia Villenas.  Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Latina/o Studies Program at Cornell University.

The panel will be moderated by Tompkins County Human Rights Commissioner Pat Pryor.

International Human Rights Day serves to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights signed by Eleanor Roosevelt and representatives of member states of the United Nations in 1948.  December 10th was set aside by nations around the world to increase awareness about human rights everywhere.

The Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (tcHRC) is a volunteer advisory group appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature for the purpose of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins County. The general role of the HRC is to encourage equality, discourage discrimination, and to serve in an advisory role to the Legislature and Office of Human Rights (County Department). The HRC can be contacted through the Office of Human Rights: 120 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, 607-277-4080 or http://tompkinscountyny.gov/humanrights/commission.