EVERETT, Wash., December 03, 2021 – The public is invited to honor the 2021 Human Rights Awards nominees and winners in recognition of their contribution to making Snohomish County a place that honors the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of our human family.

The 2021 Annual International Human Rights Day Celebration will be on:

Friday, December 10, 2021, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92575369538?pwd=UTRhTDN5SWFFN0Flb0VQL3hPL3lKQT09

Awards fall under three categories: 

  • Human Rights Award 
  • Young People’s Award
  • Transformational Leadership Awards

All nominees were Snohomish County residents as of the date of nomination and all have made significant contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights in SNOHOMISH COUNTY between September 2020 and September 2021. This year’s nominees include: 

  • Michael Adams
  • Kathryn Lewandowsky
  • Farmer Frog
  • “What Happened on First Street” Documentary Team
  • Tom and Lael White
  • Kristina Jorgensen
  • Girls on the Run
  • Marjorie Fields
  • Kim Gorney
  • The Hand Up Project
  • Elizabeth Vogeli 
  • Luke Distelhorst
  • Esther’s Place
  • Lisa Utter
  • George and Pam Hurst
  • Vanesa Gutierrez
  • Salish Sea Federation of Democratic Women
  • Everett Clinic Defense 

Each year, the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission reaffirms its belief that human rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. On the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration, December 10, we gather to celebrate our progress in building a more just society by recognizing the contributions of our local citizens in that effort.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a call to freedom and justice for the people throughout the world.  Every day, governments that violate the rights of their citizens are challenged and called to task.  Every day, human beings worldwide mobilize and confront injustice and inhumanity.  Like drops of water falling on a rock, they wear down the forces of oppression and move the world closer to achieving the principles expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In addition to celebrating our Snohomish County Human Rights nominees and award-winners, this event will feature a performance from Living Voices who will provide a powerful experience through “Native Vision”, a production that tells the stories of the Native American boarding schools and WWII Navajo code talkers.

The Snohomish County Human Rights Commission (SCHRC) serves as an advisory body to the County Executive, County Council, Office of Human Rights, and other county officers and agencies in matters concerning human rights. The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Members of the commission shall serve without compensation. See Snohomish County Code Chapter 2.460.020 and from that page, search for 2.460.020. For further information contact via email: Contact.HumanRightsCommission@snoco.org

Content Source: Human Rights Commission Press Release

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