Inaugural Human Rights Day features Mtn. View councilman


The United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter has scheduled its inaugural Human Rights Day event 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grant Park Community Center, 1570 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

This year marks 70 years since Eleanor Roosevelt worked with the United Nations to establish the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, considered a milestone document in the history of human rights.

“It is a reminder to governments everywhere that the hallmark of successful and stable democracies is the presence of a strong and freely operating civil society,” UNA Midpeninsula leader Sejla Avdic said of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Saturday’s event will pay tribute to Roosevelt’s work and enable attendees to learn about what local community organizations and governments are doing to foster human rights. The gathering also will include opportunties to network and participate in a raffle.

Featured speakers will include Mountain View City Councilman Ken Rosenberg; Francisco J. Rivera Juaristi, director of Santa Clara University’s Human Rights Clinic and associate clinical professor at SCU’s School of Law; Guillermo Reyes, consul general of Mexico in San Francisco; and Vandana Arora Varanasi, American Civil Liberties Union board member.

Rosenberg helped make Mountain View a Human Rights City in 2016.

“I believe that everybody should be treated with dignity and with the guiding principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Rosenberg, who will complete his four-year term on council in January. “We need to bring that human element into policies.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights established the rights and freedoms of every human being in an effort to treat everyone equally and measures right from wrong. The document contains 30 articles that promise a life free from want and fear in economic, social, political, cultural and civic rights sectors.

“We don’t need a disruptive technology to change the world,” Rosenberg said. “We need a disruptive mentality to bring our human rights back to the forefront.”

He also stressed the importance of community participation to make it happen.

“You can’t rely on one person or a small group of people to do this for them,” Rosenberg said. ”If you’re in any sort of position of leadership, just by virtue of acknowledging human rights, you’ve already made the world a better place.”

Tickets to Saturday’s event are $10. Proceeds will benefit UNICEF, the Adopt-A-Future campaign and the Midpeninsula Chapter of the United Nations Association.

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