Thursday, November 29, 2007
International Human Rights Day, in Rochester on Monday, December 11th
Human Rights Day 2006 Program
4:30 PM Everyone is encouraged to join in a vigil with the Crowne Plaza employees who are fighting for the right to join a union, at their rally in front of the hotel. Meet at the Sister Cities Bridge, in back of and between the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Federal Building
5:30 PM Community Potluck in the dining room of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St. (If you are going to the rally, you can bring your food/drink contribution to the church beforehand. Someone will be there to take it to the dining room on 2nd floor.)
6:30 PM Human Rights Day Program
* Reading of the Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
* A panel from the Interfaith Health Care Coalition, a group focused on working with and for New Yorkers to press for universal health care in New York State
This year our event will address two important rights in the Declaration:
Article 25(1) states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services…”
Health Care for All: A Human Right in the US?
* The number of uninsured in our area is increasing daily (over 46 million in the US);
* The cost of care is nearly twice that of other industrialized countries per capita per year;
* Businesses, such as Toyota, are planning to relocate to Canada to avoid employer costs of health insurance
The Interfaith Health Care Coalition, a group focused on working with and for New Yorkers to press for universal health care in New York State, is determined to overturn these statistics.
Workers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel deserve a fair and free process to form a union.
The Recognition of the Inherent Dignity of all members of the human family (Preamble), the Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions, the Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country, the Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change Nationality, Freedom of Opinion and Information, the Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association– all these rights in the UDHR apply to all working people in the U.S., including the employees of the Crowne Plaza Hotel who are in the fight of their lives as they demand the right to form a union. These workers deserve a fair and free process to form a union.
On Monday, December 11th, we will show our agreement with these articles of the UDHR by joining these workers at a rally at the Sister Cities Bridge and then hearing their story at DUPC.
Posted by Jason Nabewaniec