“Human Rights in Today’s America” advocacy event to be held Oct. 18, 2017

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The America we are experiencing is changing on multiple levels: economic, financial, health care related, environmental, and more. This year, the Council’s Advocacy Program Team wants to capitalize on how human rights in our country are rapidly changing by fostering discussions of the challenges and obstacles that are impacting us all. As advocates for promoting social justice and equality, we need to address this serious issue and are deeply honored to have a distinguished panel of individuals with diverse experiences, expertise, and knowledge to share their perceptions of what human rights means to them today.

• Gina Duncan, State Director of Transgender Equality, Equality Florida
• Kate Lannamann, Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health
• Caroline Zucker, Sarasota Board of Education
• Kirk Bailey, State Political Director of the ACLU
• Claire Snyder-Hall, PhD, Writer-Activist, moderator

“Although the U.S. Constitution provides strong protections for civil and political rights, it fails to recognize the economic, social, and cultural rights guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some rights, such as the right to education, can be found in some state constitutions; others, such as the right to an adequate standard of living including food, shelter, and medical care, have not been recognized as rights. Because economic, social, and cultural issues are not viewed as rights enjoyed by all. Public policies can exclude people from eligibility as long as they do not discriminate on prohibited grounds such as race. While ensuring that public policies are not discriminatory is important, it does not address the underlying problem of failing to guarantee for all people in the United States an adequate standard of living and other rights necessary to live in dignity.” —

It is our hope that our panelists will provide some valuable insights based on their experiences and that the members of NCJW will find this presentation to be stimulating and informative.

More information
Where: Jewish Federation Building at 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota
When: Oct. 18, 2017, 12:30 Refreshments; 1 p.m. Program
RSVP Deadline: October 10, 2017
Contact: Marcia Schweitzer at 410-924-3190 (text only) or