The Pioneer December 2013 Vol. 44, No. 4 - Page 13

Events & Workshops HUMAN RIGHTS DAY CELEBRATION & CALL TO ACTION December 10, 7 PM Great Hall by Heather Johnson Community members and local human rights activists of all ages will be joining people around the world in celebrating the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We hope you will join the celebration! Called It’s In Our Hands: A Call to Action, the event will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 PM in the Society’s Great Hall. The Northampton Human Rights Commission and the Social Justice Committee of the USNF are organizing the event. The event is free and open to all. Highlights of the Human Rights Day program include Prof. Josh Miller, Smith College School of Social Work, speaking on How Each of Us Can Bend the Arc Toward Racial Justice and the newly formed multi-cultural Northampton Community Music Center Children’s Choir performing social justice songs. There will be a display of local children’s artwork about human rights and our own Rev. Janet Bush will give a welcome to the community. Mayor David Narkewicz will present a proclamation from the city. In addition, members and friends of our USNF congregation will be among the activists and representatives of community organizations, schools and churches reading aloud the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The readers will include individuals who have been affected by or are involved with advocating for the specific right mentioned in the article they are reading. Also performing are The Raging Grannies and the duo Lisa Amato and Lisa Gaughran. City Council President Bill Dwight will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Immediately following the program, there will be a reception downstairs in the Social Room. Refreshments will be provided. Community groups working on human rights issues locally, nationally and globally will be on hand to share materials about their work and current actions. FMI contact Heather Johnson ( or Brit Albritton ( The Pioneer 13