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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Local Activists Receive Human Rights Awards

1/4/2006  2:00:00 PM
Roberto Bonaccorso  (206) 684-5282

Local Activists Receive Human Rights Awards

L. Charles Jones, the People’s Institute NW and PATH received the 2005 Distinguished Citizen Awards for Human Rights last month at the 10th annual Seattle Human Rights Day celebration. The Distinguished Citizen Awards, which have been presented since 1996, honor local individuals and organizations that have contributed to the advancement of human rights in the Seattle area.

L. Charles Jones has played a key role in numerous local human rights campaigns and projects. He chairs the Seattle Race Conference’s Organizing Committee, which held its third annual event last October, and served as Chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission from 2002-2004. Over the last three decades, he has been involved with organizations such as CAMP, Operational Emergency Center, the East Cherry YWCA, the Central Seattle Community Council Federation, Seattle Goodwill Industries, Seattle Veterans Acton Center, the AFL-CIO, Seattle Central Community College and the 37th District Democrats.

The People’s Institute Northwest is part of a network of groups across the country working to eliminate racism. The group began in 1993 when a multiracial, intergenerational group of Seattle activists invited People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond to the Seattle area to provide Undoing Racism training. Fueled by its members’ commitment to address the dynamics of racial privilege and oppression, to build trust with one another and to be accountable to the community, People’s Institute Northwest has strengthened anti-racism organizing work throughout the region.

PATH is an international, nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions to improve global health and well-being among communities around the world, and to break longstanding cycles of poor health. PATH currently works in more than 100 countries on reproductive health; vaccines and immunization; HIV, AIDS, and tuberculosis; and children’s health and nutrition. Headquartered in Seattle since its inception in 1977, PATH operates 19 offices in 14 countries.

As part of this year’s celebration, Dr. Joy Degruy-Leary discussed her new book, “American Legacy: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome,” which explores the psychological and social trauma of slavery and apartheid in the United States.

The event was sponsored by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, the Seattle Human Rights Commission, the WA State Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Association–Seattle. It commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.

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