December 7, 2010
Contact:  Mike Viola, Coalition Media Liaison
Tel:  541.543.3751

Community Members Commemorate December 10th, International Human Rights Day in the Northwest

SEATTLE, WA.  On December 10, 1948, the United Nations adopted the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was the first time in history an international body adopted a document addressing universal values. Sixty-two years later, the Philippine-U.S. Solidarity Organization (PUSO) and other community groups from a range of diverse backgrounds wish to honor (Article 19) this underrecognized declaration as an absolute obligation for the protection of basic human rights for all people.

This Saturday, December 11, 2010, a coalition of groups will lead human rights activists and supporters on a peaceful march (Article 13) starting in the International District’s Hing Hay Park.  The organizers felt this park whose name literally translates to “Park for Pleasurable Gatherings” (Article 1) would be an appropriate place to gather to commemorate such a day.  The procession will feature names of people from the U.S. and around the world who were victims of human rights violations.  Some issues marchers plan on highlighting include recent cases of police brutality in Seattle (Article 7), ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines (Article 5), and the U.S.’s continuing military presence in Afghanistan (Article 9).

The colorful procession will end with a rousing celebratory rally (Article 20) at Victor Steinbrueck Park, north of Pike Place Market.  We felt this place suitable for a rally because many of Seattle’s poor and homeless gather at this historic park (Article 24), members of society whose rights are too often violated and overlooked (Article 6).  The rally will feature presentations from participants about this historic day, as well as poetry and music.  We believe this event will be a perfect prelude to the December holidays, which are a time to encourage charity, kindness, and the recognition of the mutual humanity between all people.

Photo and interview opportunities for the media will be available. Mike Viola, a concerned citizen and one of the march’s organizers is available to speak with reporters before and during the event.

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Concerned community members of the Greater Seattle Area

March and rally to draw attention to human rights nationally and globally and celebrate the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights

Saturday, December 11th, 2010
March:              12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Rally:              1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

March:              Starting at Hing Hay Park, at King & Maynard in the International District
Rally:                         Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market)

About PUSO          

PUSO is an abbreviation for Philippine U.S. Solidarity Organization.  Founded in Seattle in 2002, PUSO works to educate and organize around supporting human rights in the Philippines. We aim to build international solidarity by upholding the human rights of Filipinos and other victims of systems of oppression and exploitation.  PUSO literally means “heart” in the Filipino language. We are a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Filipino people’s National Democratic struggle for social and economic justice and self determination.