Sunday, November 23, 2014

Human Rights Exhibit: More Drawings Added

In a brutal cold day we had our Information Table as usual in the Farmers Market (thanks to Abrahim/Cathy/Martha/Magda/Mohamed) and we celebrated the end of 2014 weekly Tabling (from April to Nov).

After the end of the table, we moved to the Jones Library to put up the new arrival of children's drawings that we received from Kampala, Uganda, and San Francisco, CA

The children' statement and reflection on the  Human Rights Declaration are very powerful. Here are few from San Francisco preschoolers as dictated to their teacher Nahid:

"Hands Not for Hitting. Hands have to be Kind"

"I use my hands to help Mommy and Daddy. Not for Hurting"

We invite you to come down to the Jones Library in Amherst and spend sometime looking at these amazing work of the future leaders and human rights defenders

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Human Rights Day Celebration (Part 1): Children's Exhibit

 An  Exhibit  of  Pictures

Related  to  Human  Rights 

This year our Chapter decided to add one more event to our traditional Human Rights Day event: An Exhibit of Pictures Related to Human Rights. In collaboration with Jones Library in Amherst, our dedicated leaders Martha, Irwin, and Fanny hung up last week the first group of student's drawings. In addition to more than 60 drawings arrived this week reflecting the work of preschool children and Amherst Regional Middle School students.

Children and students with help from their teachers used the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights (UDHR) articles and reflected on how they see the world through this lens. The result is more than 60 pretty drawings (in addition to 5 more from the Children of Darfur exhibit) that decorated the Fiction Room on the first floor of Jones Library.
Many thanks to Tom Morton who beautifully designed our poster and flyer that contain his paintings "Arc Cobalt".  
Also thanks to the Amherst Regional Middle School Students who drew striking pictures inspired by the 30 Human Rights Articles with guidance of their Social Studies teacher Irene Laroche, UMass intern co-teacher Allyson Furcick, and ARHS art class students (from art teacher Hannah Hart’s class) and with supplies from ARMS art teacher, Ben Parker.

Thanks are also due to our members at large Nahid (San Francisco-CA) and Abdel-Rahman (Kambala-Uganda).

Many thanks to Tom Morton who beautifully    designed our poster and flyer that contain his painting “Arc Cobalt”.  

These drawings are on display in the Jones Library during the month of November.

Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, UMass • African and African-American Institute• American Civil Liberties Committee of Massachusetts • Amherst Human Rights Commission • Anti-Drones Committee • AuroraDanceAmherst • Baha’i Assembly of Amherst • Code Pink of Western Mass • Grace Church of Amherst, Episcopal Peace Fellowship • Leverett Peace Commission • Lutheran Immanuel Church of Amherst • Mount Toby Meeting of Friends • New England Peace Pagoda • Northampton Committee Against Wars • Northampton Human Rights Commission • Orange Ink • Pioneer Valley No More Guantanamos • Race Amity • Rosenberg Fund for Children • Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Hadley • Thomas Paine Friends in Massachusetts • Traprock Center for Peace and Justice • UMoja Now • Unitarian-Universalist Society of Amherst, Social Action Committee • Western Mass Jobs with Justice.