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Human Rights

Human Rights Day Thursday, Dec. 8, 206, 7 pm

Keith Hiatt is Benetech’s new Vice President of Human Rights Program. He leads Benetech’s efforts to empower human rights defenders around the world by providing technology solutions and “Benetech has long been the leader in providing the world’s human rights defenders with the tools and solutions they need to do their work.”—Keith Hiatt 

Human Trafficking in the Bay Area-International Women's Day

International Women's Day
Human Trafficking in the Bay Area
Saturday, March 5, 2015
St. Jude's Episcopal Church
20920 McCllelan Rd., Cupertino CA

Speakers: Ruth Silver Taube and Perla Flores

Ruth Silver Taube has an employment and labor law practice with her husband in San Jose.  An adjunct professor,Ruth also does pro-bono work at the South Bay Labor Law Workers Ctr. at Santa Clara University. Ruth has won numerous awards for her community service mentoring law students and workers rights leadership.

Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in the USA
 
UN Office on Drugs & Crime focuses on human trafficking and migrant smuggling. View website at UNODC.org

Human trafficking is the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them. Smuggling of migrants involves the procurement for financial or other material benefit of illegal entry of a person into a State of which that person is not a national or resident. Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes.

5th Intergenerational Model United Nations - Oct. 10

You're Invited!

5th Intergenerational 
Model United Nations
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
9 am-6 pm
Univ. of California, Berkeley CA




LOCATION: University of California, Berkeley Ca (exact location pending)
REGISTRATION: Pre-Registerfor $30 until Sept. 25
After Sept. 25, $35
Price includes: fees, materials, breakfast, lunch
REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE AT: www.igmun.org

COMMITTEE TOPICS: Peace & Security,  Global Health, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Climate Change, Internet Security, Post2015 Development, Security Council.

UN World Refugee Day Part 2 of 2

UN World Refugee Day

Refugees: United Nations, United States and You

The 1952United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugeesadopted the following definition of a refugee (in Article 1.A.2)


"Any person who: owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

UN World Refugee Day Part 1 or 2


World Refugee Day 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 

Portrait of a Refugee: Khaled Hosseini




Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-American author, physician and UN Goodwill Envoy, was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Hosseini is the son of an Afghani diplomat father and a high school teacher mother.  In 1976, following a Paris diplomatic assignment, the family sought to return to Kabul in 1980, but by then their homeland had witnessed a bloody communist coup and the invasion of the Soviet Army.  The Hosseinis sought and were granted political asylum in the United States, and in September 1980 moved to San Jose, California.

"Empowering Women" International Women's Day Program

Empowering Women 
with Maja Marjanovic & Erin Keeley

International Women's Day

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 2 pm

St. Jude's Episcopal Church
20920 McClellan Rd. Cupertino CA

International Women's Day is a United Nations Observance and a national holiday in many couinties, but not in the USA.  UN Women was created in 2011 from four separate women's agencies, and headed by an Undersecretary-General.  This program celebrates the role of women and highlights issues and future possibilities.

Peace Forum 2014



Peace Forum 2014
Forging Peace & Human Security: 
From Aspiration to Action
"How Can Love, Compassion & Empathy Transform 
Values & Behavior to Achieve Peace?"

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:30 pm-5:00 pm
St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
 
Speakers:Victor Kazanjian, Exec. Director, United Religious Initiatives
Kazu Haga, East Point Peace Academy, 
Riess Potterveld, Press. Graduate Theological Union, 
Samina Sundas, Exec. Director, American Muslim Voice

Intergenerational Model United Nations Sept. 27, 2014

Become a country's delegate to the United Nations! This United Nations Association annual conference is for all ages interested in finding out how to work together to resolve the world's urgent issues. Location: San Francisco State University.  Cost is $30, after Sept. 15, $35. Register online now at www.igmun.org

Silicon Valley UNA's Paula Rochelle, is the conference leader. Email or phone her to find out more about IGMUN, arrange carpool: prochelle1@aol.com 408 255-4379. REGISTER TODAY!

Annual Disarming Tea Luncheon -Sat. May 17, 2014,11:30 am

Disarming Tea Luncheon 
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11:30 am-1:30 pm 
SVUNA President’s Garden Home 
 20644 Nancy Ct. Cupertino CA 95014  

Can We Find Hope in Resisting this War Making Empire? 
Featuring Susan S. Crane  

Susan has been a war tax resister and war resister most of her life. She has taught children in Ukiah, California as a teacher and director of a child care program. While raising her own children, she questioned how we, as a nation, could kill children in other countries by our war making.
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