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December 10, 2013 1

Promoting Human Rights on the 65th Anniversary of the Historic Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On Decem­ber 10, 1948, the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly adopted the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights (UDHR), the first ever global asser­tion that “all human beings are born with equal and inalien­able rights and fun­da­men­tal free­doms.” The world cel­e­brates annual Human Rights Day on Decem­ber 10th each year.  This Decem­ber, ADL hon­ors the UDHR’s 65th anniver­sary by con­tin­u­ing to fight for the rights enshrined in that momen­tous dec­la­ra­tion and by teach­ing new gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren to learn about the prin­ci­ples it reflects.

Eleanor Roosevelt holding the Human Rights Declaration

Human Rights Day has par­tic­u­lar mean­ing for ADL because anti-Semitism and the per­se­cu­tion of Jews was the touch­stone for the cre­ation of some of the foun­da­tional human rights instru­ments in the after­math of the Holo­caust.  ADL is com­mit­ted to edu­cat­ing youth about the lessons of the Holo­caust and how big­otry and exclu­sion can lead down a slip­pery slope toward unspeak­able atroc­i­ties, and our web site fea­tures a short list of books for chil­dren on the UDHR and how it relates to the rights of chil­dren globally.

ADL is engag­ing activists in pro­tect­ing the rights cham­pi­oned by this his­toric doc­u­ment whether it is by pro­tect­ing the right of all chil­dren to an edu­ca­tion, free­dom of reli­gion and belief for all, or free­dom to asso­ciate and to seek asy­lum from per­se­cu­tion. This month, our pri­or­ity human rights issues have put the spot­light on:

Today, through our activism and rais­ing aware­ness, we honor the spirit of the mov­ing words of, one of the UDHR’s authors, Eleanor Roo­sevelt, who asked:

Where, after all, do uni­ver­sal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they can­not be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the indi­vid­ual per­son; the neigh­bor­hood he lives in; the school or col­lege he attends; the fac­tory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal jus­tice, equal oppor­tu­nity, equal dig­nity with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion. Unless these rights have mean­ing there, they have lit­tle mean­ing any­where. With­out con­cerned cit­i­zen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.

 

– Eleanor Roo­sevelt, “In Our Hands” (1958 speech deliv­ered on the tenth anniver­sary of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Human Rights)

 

 

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December 6, 2013 4

Racists to Rally in South Carolina Against Immigration Reform

On Decem­ber 7, 2013, the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion, will hold a rally in Greenville, South Car­olina, tar­get­ing Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-SC) for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform. Gra­ham along with seven other Sen­a­tors formed the “Gang of Eight” and drafted S.744, the Bor­der Secu­rity, Eco­nomic Oppor­tu­nity, and Immi­gra­tion Mod­ern­iza­tion Act which even­tu­ally passed the Sen­ate in June 2013.league-of-the-south-logo

Brad Grif­fin aka “Hunter Wal­lace,” the founder of the white suprema­cist web­site Occi­den­tal Dis­sent, is one of the key pro­mot­ers of the Greenville event. Numer­ous blogs pro­mot­ing the LOS rally and attack­ing Lind­sey Gra­ham appear on the Occi­den­tal Dis­sent web­site. Some of the attacks on Gra­ham on Occi­den­tal Dis­sent are anti-Semitic. In one blog, Grif­fin wrote, “If Lind­sey Gra­ham isn’t ‘con­trolled by the Jews,’ he sure gives off that impres­sion.”  Another claimed Gra­ham vis­ited Florida recently to “shake­down the elderly Jew­ish Zion­ists in Palm Beach County in the hope of get­ting a hand­some kick­back for his tire­less war­mon­ger­ing against Iran and Syria.”

The LOS rally in Greenville is the third immi­gra­tion rally the orga­ni­za­tion staged since the sum­mer. While the ral­lies in Geor­gia and Ten­nessee tar­geted a local politi­cian and the state’s immi­gra­tion poli­cies respec­tively, the South Car­olina rally is the first time in this cam­paign that the LOS is tar­get­ing a fed­eral politi­cian. On the Face­book event page for the Greenville rally, LOS claims Gra­ham “is one of the most out­spo­ken ene­mies of the South­ern peo­ple who has long sup­ported Third World immi­gra­tion and amnesty for ille­gal immigrants.”

Graham’s stance on immi­gra­tion also prompted a num­ber of anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tions to tar­get him ear­lier in the year. Num­ber­sUSA, the anti-immigrant movement’s grass­roots orga­nizer, launched a $150,000 TV and radio ad cam­paign against Gra­ham in his home state in Feb­ru­ary. In April the anti-immigrant group Dustin Inman Soci­ety (DIS) funded a bill­board seen on an Atlanta high­way attack­ing Gra­ham for his sup­port of immi­gra­tion reform.

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