Human rights advocates agree that, sixty years after its issue, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is still more a dream than reality, according to humanrights.com. So it is that an international organization is bringing human rights to life through a series of events, audiovisual presentations, forums, concerts and more.
United for Human Rights is a non-profit organization, formed on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to provide human rights resources and educational materials to all sectors of society. Its Tennessee chapter is creating a series of events to mark “Peace Day” in Nashville, Tennessee on September 21st.
According to internationaldayofpeace.org, the United Nations General Assembly declared September 21 as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
In Nashville, the first event will take place in the afternoon at 4:00 pm and will be a panel discussion on “Exposing the Hidden World of Human Trafficking.” It will bring together organizations that work day in and day out on eradicating the problem, including panelists Clemmie Greenlee, Founder of the Nashville Peacemakers; Melody Fowler-Green, Director of the Metro Human Relations Commission; Allasone Lita G., CEO and Founder of All Is One; and Gabrielle Thompson, Executive Director of Free for Life International. Assistant District Attorney Tammy Meade will moderate. The panel discussion will take place in the community hall of the Nashville Church of Scientology on 8th Ave South.
Meanwhile in East Nashville, a Peace Day concert will take place at the Pavilion East. At 6pm free refreshments will be given out while messages of human rights are presented on screen, at 6:45pm there will be an interfaith prayer for peace, at 7pm American songwriting icon Melanie Safka performs, and at 8pm gospel artist T-Ran Gilbert takes the stage and closes out the evening.
Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology and coordinator of the United for Human Rights chapter in Tennessee says, “The purpose of these events is to inspire peace and educate people about their basic rights. Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual and they are called human rights because they are universal.”
For more information about the events on Peace Day or to find out more about United for Human Rights, visit nashvillehumanrights.org.