Mike McGinn, Mayor
12/4/2008 12:45:00 PM
Jacque Larrainzar (206) 684-4533
Elliott Bronstein (206) 684-4507
Dr. Robert Bullard to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration
NW Immigrant Rights Project, Somali Community Services of Seattle, YWCA GirlsFirst and Michael Neguse to receive 2008 Human Rights Awards
Author and professor Dr. Robert Bullard will speak at a free evening event to celebrate the 13th annual Human Rights Day in Seattle on Thursday, December 11, 7-9 pm at Town Hall Seattle on 8th Avenue and Seneca.
Dr. Bullard is the Ware Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University, and one of the leading experts on environmental justice and race. He has authored fourteen books on environmental justice, environmental racism, urban land use, facility permitting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, suburban sprawl, and smart growth, including Confronting Environmental Racism and Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality, a standard text in the environmental justice field.
As part of this year’s celebration, Dr. Bullard also will speak at a daytime event from 11:30 am – 1 pm on Wednesday, December 10 at Seattle City Hall, 5th Avenue between James and Cherry Street. Both events are free and open to the public.
The evening event also will include presentation of the 2008 Human Rights Awards to local human rights leaders NW Immigrant Rights Project, Somali Community Services of Seattle, YWCA GirlsFirst and Michael Neguse.
The 13th annual Seattle Human Rights Day event commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948.
For more information call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at (206) 684-4500 or check the web at www.seattle.gov/civilrights/events.htm. Human Rights Day 2008 is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission and United Nations Association–Seattle, with support from Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Women’s Commission, Seattle Public Utilities Environmental Justice and Service Equity Division, King County Civil Rights Commission, WA State Human Rights Commission, Community Coalition on Environmental Justice, Youth for Human Rights, Ingalina’s, Teatro Zinzanni and The Chiropractic Centre.