Seattle's 12th Annual Human Rights Day Celebration
Thursday, December 6th
12PM-1:30PM Seattle Downtown Public Library (1000 Fourth Avenue)
7PM-9PM at Seattle's Town Hall (8th and Seneca)
Guest speaker: Kenji Yoshino, author of the book "Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Human Rights"
Plus: Presentation of the 2007 Human Rights Awards
- Casa Latina
- Paulina Lopez
- Save Darfur Washington State
Light refreshments and ASL interpretation
Free and open to the public.
The Seattle Human Rights Day Celebration is an annual event honoring local individuals and organizations working to
advance human rights for Seattle's residents. In 1950 the United Nations General Assembly chose December 10th as
the official date of observance of the 1948 passage of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The annual Human Rights Day
celebration is an opportunity to renew our commitment to human rights in our city, country and around the world.
Author Kenji Yoshino is Guido Calabresi Professor of law and former Deputy Dean at Yale Law School. A specialist in
constitutional law, anti-discrimination law, and law and literature, he has published work in The Advocate, The Boston Globe,
The Nation, The New York Times, Slate, The Village Voice, The Washington Post and in a wide variety of academic journals.
In addition to his gift for writing and his work as a legal scholar, he is a compelling speaker who is not to be missed.
Human Rights Day is sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the Washington State Bar
Association, the Pride Foundation, Q Law, Seattle University School of Law, the Greater Seattle Business Association, the Seattle Commission
for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Human Services Department, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, First Place Schools,
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, United Nations Association Seattle Chapter, Youth for Human Rights and Seattle Gay News. For more information
please call (206) 684-4500 or visit www.seattle.gov/civilrights/events for a flyer and press release. To read the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights visit www.un.org/Overview/rights.
Race Conference Brings Together Seattle's Residents
By Brenda Anibarro, Policy and Outreach
Hundreds of people came together on Saturday, November 3rd at the
Seattle Center for the 5th annual Seattle Race Conference.
This year's conference centered on the theme "The Legacies of Racism
In our Neighborhoods." The event offered participants the opportunity
to learn about the history of racial segregation and discrimination in Seattle.
The conference also included time for community organizers to share lessons
learned in their work for racial justice, and a nuts and bolts workshop on how
to challenge racism in our communities today.
Attendees got to know each other during the break-out sessions and many groups have
decided to continue meeting to work on racial justice in their own neighborhoods and communities.
The conference closed with inspiring performances by April Flores and Breauna Reese from the Power of Hope.
The Seattle Race Conference is an annual conference put together by a grassroots group of community organizations
in partnership with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights. To get involved
with the Seattle Race Conference email email@example.com or call (206) 448-9000.
What is your position at SOCR?
Who inspires you most?
People who work for justice who can face terrible situations and yet remain calm and resolute, able to
process counter information in the situation and yet not back off, who can take stands that are risky.
Many ordinary people have this inner strength. I strive for it.
What is your role at SOCR?
I am serving in an out-of-class opportunity as the Seattle Human Rights Commission and Seattle Commission for
Sexual Minorities staff analyst and liaison. Otherwise, I am an Administrative Specialist who is committed to
excellent customer service and coordinating the needs of our staff as well as every person who walks
through our doors. I am also a member of SOCR's Change Team in support of the Race and Social Justice Initiative.
What do you love most about working at SOCR?
I get to help people in just about every aspect of life when they either call or visit our office. Everyday
I come to work knowing I will learn or hear something new. My co-workers are wonderfully supportive and I enjoy
working with them immensely. I can truly say this is the best place I have ever worked! Our office holds cultural
luncheons which allow us to get to know one another even more closely and share our ethnic diversities.
What inspires you and what are you passionate about?
My daughter Amber is my inspiration. I think about her when I am working toward making changes for a better
future. I am also inspired by changes in social awareness, whether I hear about it personally or in the media.
I keep my eyes and ears open for things that would also inspire my daughter who is very interested in the work
we do here. She shares her thoughts and opinions with classmates and I think that's a beautiful thing. I am also
passionate about growing plants and creating hand-made gifts. Currently, I am driving my housemates crazy by
forcing bulbs to bloom in every available patch of sunlight. I am also nicknamed "The Stitcher" because
I am doing a lot of needlepoint gifts this year. Another passion I have to mention is my love for animals.
I appreciate all animals, but I love dogs with all of my heart. I only have a Siamese fighting fish at
the moment, but he is a Lover, not a Fighter ~ just like me.