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Forum on Human Rights and Racism Held in Mountain View

Youth for Human Rights in Silicon Valley held an informational forum Wednesday in Mountain View to present various educational materials that can be used to combat racial discrimination in Silicon Valley.

Submitted by the Youth for Human Rights in Silicon Valley organization to Mountain View Patch.

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Youth for Human Rights in Silicon Valley (YHRSV) presented a at the Dianetics and Scientology Information Center in Mountain View Wednesday in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  

On that day, March 21 in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people peacefully demonstrating against apartheid "pass laws" in the township of Sharpeville, South Africa.   

In remembrance of that day, special guest speaker Anu Peshawaria spoke about the present-day problems of racism in Silicon Valley.  Peshawaria is an international attorney and former world champion tennis player from India.  She is also the founder and head of SevA Legal Aid Foundation, an organization that preserves the civil and human rights of immigrant women. For years, Peshawaria has seen and battled against racial and ethnic discrimination.

The event's second speaker was Cindy Gray, spokesperson for YHRSV.  Cindy spoke about how racial and ethnic discrimination can be eliminated through education of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  She presented educators' guides, DVDs and other educational materials that can be used to eliminate racism through education.  

For more information, visit www.youthforhumanrights.org.


George Ronald Adkisson March 26, 2012 at 01:31 AM
The articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are not suppose to abrogate the uS Constitution's Bill of Rights...or any portion of the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the several States in the uS...not even abstractly...to the point they all, are of no use. The Jurisprudence of the uS is suppose to be a common one with everyone upon Earth. Universal Law supersedes all other law. Disparaging someone for the color of their skin or having similar issues only eventually causes chaos. That's the way this abode that supports life is designed..."whole". Everyone have a wonderful day...
Luciana Feeney March 26, 2012 at 06:52 PM
It was truly a wonderful afternoon and we all enjoyed it very much! Thank you Anu for your amazing humanitarian work. And thank you to the Scientology Center for making this kind of even happen where we are reminded of our Human Rights and that there are so many people out there that need our help. Let's help each other more no matter race, color or creed instead of fighting amongst ourselves. There is no time to lose when so many need our help!
David Brown March 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Luciana, did you look at all the links I posted above? If so, how could you valid the church of scientology and really believe that they are working towards "human rights" whereas their own leader (David Miscavige) has been violating all the steps of human rights while abusing and torturing the church's staff and public. Mary Shuttleworth (YFHR president) is accessary to all these crimes and yet pretends that she is all about human rights? Doesn't make sense, does it? LOOK don't LISTEN!

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