Human Rights

Celebrate the 16th Annual Human Rights Day event on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7 pm at Town Hall Seattle with the Seattle Human Rights Commission, Seattle Office for Civil Rights and our Human Rights Day planning partners and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is Black Lives Matter, and the keynote speaker is Kimberlé Crenshaw, a scholar in the field of critical race theory and a professor at UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School. Meet Kimberlé and mingle with other attendees at a pre-event reception at 6 pm at Town Hall.

This event is accessible, including an ASL interpreter in attendance. Call 206-684-4540 to request an accommodation or email Information about Seattle Human Rights Day is available in other formats on request.

Human Rights Day commemorates the anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

2015 Human Rights Awards

As part of the Human Rights Day event, the Human Rights Commission will announce the 2015 Human Rights Awards. Every year our Human Rights Day celebration recognizes Seattle’s exceptional human rights leaders.

Nominations for the 2015 Human Rights Awards were submitted by Monday, November 23, 2015.

Awardees were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to advancing human rights.
  • Works for racial and social justice.
  • Provides courageous leadership.
  • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights.
  • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination.
  • Business awardees: Provides a living wage, fosters a positive work environment, and has family friendly policies.

Congratulations to 2015 Human Rights Awardees!

From Seattle Human Rights Commission:

  • Rising Human Rights Leaders: Youth Undoing Institutional Racism
  • Individual Human Rights Leader: Mary Flowers
  • Business Human Rights Leader: On Point Real Estate
  • Organization Human Rights Leader: Books to Prisoners
  • Coalition Human Rights Leader: Rainier Beach Action Coalition
  • Artist Human Rights Leader: Nikkita Oliver
  • Honorary Award: Africatown Innovation Center

From the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities:

  • Excellence in Inclusion: Councilmember Bruce Harrell and Teesha Kirschbaum

From the United Nations Association:

  • Eleanor Roosevelt: PeaceTrees Vietnam

Past award recipients have included: The Colectivo de Detenidos, Matt Remle, Garfield High School’s Black Student Union, Yasmin Christopher, Legal Voice, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Casa Latina, Pride Foundation, Molly Moons and Tutta Bella, among others.

RSJI Speaker Series

Our keynote speaker, Kimberlé Crenshaw, joins us as part of the 2015 RSJI Speaker Series. This series brings thoughtful, provocative and powerful speakers from across the country to Seattle to speak on the racial equity issues of today.

We hope to see you there!

Human Rights Day & RSJI Speaker Series

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