March 8 is International Women’s Day. Beginning in 1909, it was proposed by Alexandra Colontay and Clara Chetkin as a global celebration in 1910 and was officially designated as World Women’s Day by the United Nations every year since 1975.
The origin of World Women’s Day began 109 years ago on March 8, 1908, when 15,000 female textile workers from the United States gathered at Rutgers Square in New York to protest demanding better working conditions and women’s suffrage. Women marched down the street and shouted, “We want bread, but rose, too!” where bread means the right to survive hunger, and roses mean half suffrage and human rights granted only to men. It is the day when female workers woke up with long hours of labor (12-18 hours), dusty workplaces, poor wages, sexual harassment, and unfair treatment.
The first National Women’s Day was declared in the United States on February 28, 1909, and inspired by this, in Europe, Clara Jetkin, a German feminist and socialist, proposed the Women’s Day to promote women’s rights at the International Women’s Workers’ Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 1910. As a result, on March 19, 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland held the first “World Women’s Day” event, calling for the right to work, suffrage, and abolition of discrimination.
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The World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in March 1995. The leaders of the participating countries adopted a declaration promising the conquest of poverty, full employment, and social integration. This is called the Copenhagen Declaration.
After 10 years, we will evaluate the implementation of each country and make a resolution to advance social development. On November 26, 2007, the United Nations enacted World day of Social Justice as it resolved international efforts to conquer poverty, fully employment, social integration, gender equality, and social well-being.
“As we seek to build the world we want, let us intensity our efforts to achieve a more inclusive equitable and sustainable development path built on dialogue, transparency and social justice” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
About World day of social justice:
General assembly passed a resolution on November 26, 2007:
Every year, January 27th is a solemn international celebration called “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”. The Holocaust is a Holocaust committed by Nazi Germany during World War II under the name of racial cleansing. International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an anniversary to honor more than 6 million Jewish victims.
In 2005, the United Nations designated the day as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” in time for the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camps (January 27, 1945) in order not to forget the most terrible event in human history.
And every year since then, through memorial ceremonies, the world has been emphasizing the message of peace in memory of the victims of the horrendous massacres in history, including the Holocaust.
About International Holocaust Remembrance Day:
Message from UN Secretary-General:
“Amanda Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, as well as an award-winning writer and cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied Sociology. She has written for the New York Times and has three books forthcoming with Penguin Random House.”
This is the sixth time a poet has been invited to the inauguration of the U.S. president. The first time Robert Frost, a poet known for “The Road Not Taken,” read a poem at the inauguration of President John Kennedy. Maya Angelou and Miller Williams recited poems during the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco were invited to President Barack Obama’s two inauguration ceremonies. And Gorman, a young American female poet, was invited to President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
On the inauguration stage, Gorman, an African-American woman, read a poem titled “The Hill We Climb,” with a bright look for six minutes, and delivered a message to move toward harmony, not division, with various hand gestures, as she spoke with her hands.
“If we have the courage to see the light, the light will always be there.” By Amanda Gorman
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photographed by Stephanie Mitchell.
Today is Election Day. Vote!!
“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters.”
–Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States–
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College presents its 2nd Biennial $25,000 Global Prize for Transformative Social Justice Leadership. The 2013 winners included:
Dalia Association (Ramallah,Palestine)
Language Partners, a project of the Education Justice Project (Illinois, US)
Building Power for Restaurant Workers Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (New York, US)
Welcoming Michigan based in Kalamazoo (Regional Prize)
|The family of Kevin Davis and a coalition of community organizers are asking for the community to join and support them at a Candle Light Vigil and memorial march on the one month anniversary of his shooting Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm at the DeKalb County Court House. We are asking the community to #BreatheForKevin at the candlelight vigil and memorial march.
When: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 6:00pm
Where: 556 N. McDonough Street Decatur, GA 30030
What: On December 29, 2014, Kevin Davis was in his home with his girlfriend that they shared with a co-worker. During a confrontation between his girlfriend and his coworker, his girlfriend was stabbed by his co-worker. Kevin attempted to help his girlfriend and they called 911 for help to respond to the injuries of his girlfriend and he ended up killed by the police. Mr. Davis called for the police and two days later he was dead as a result of being shot by the same police he needed help from when they came to his home. Kevin Davis was in his own home, where he called for help, and ended up killed by the police officer.
The DeKalb County Police entered the home without announcing their presence. The police officer proceeded to shoot Mr. Davis’ dog before also shooting Mr. Davis in his own home. Instead of receiving help, Kevin Davis ended up with bullets in his body. After being shot, he was criminalized and still arrested in his own home while he was trying to protect someone he loved. He died two days later, ALONE handcuffed to the hospital bed! The family expressed the most devastating part of this situation is that they were denied access to Kevin during his last days before he succumbed to his injuries in Grady Hospital.
We are concerned that there may be a cover up because it has been weeks since Kevin’s death and there has been no independent investigation of the situation. We charge the GBI to conduct an independent investigation of the situation and the DeKalb County Police Department so this family can have some answers.
The family has not had the time or the space to properly grieve and they want time to feel supported by the surrounding community. To know and understand that we are with them to the end, and that we understand that this is an injustice that must be addressed. On Thursday January 29th, we are asking for community members to come support the family as they grieve and honor their loved one.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 will mark 30 days since Kevin was shot. We are asking the community to #BreatheForKevin at the candlelight vigil.
The #shutitdownATL coalition that consists of The GenY Project, #IBTY, MXGM, and SONG and other organizations and coalitions including Moral Monday, American Friends Committee, Saving OurSelves, Sankofa UCC Church, the National Coalition to Combat Police Terrorism, and FTP Movement are all rallying behind this family.
Contact Person: Shakia Pennix – firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Social Justice Activist Website reaches 1 Million+ Hits in the First Year ATLANTA, December 15, 2014 – Social justice website, toughmindtenderheart.com, celebrates its one year anniversary today with 1,140,000, hits. The site was launched by activist attorney Sandra Barnhill as a platform where social activists and those who support justice and social change could share their work, gain strength, and garner insight for their work. The website went live December 15,2013 on the day Nelson Mandela was laid to rest in his South African boyhood home. Currently, the site is focused on student-led protests in response to the Ferguson and NY no indictment decisions. Protestors and those interested in direct action can find helpful information as well as read the thoughts of other activists around the country who believe Black Lives Matter.|