Do you know a human rights hero who works to advance equal justice and equal dignity for people in Oklahoma?
Nominations are now open for the annual human rights awards that are co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance (OKUHRA) and the Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA).
Eleanor Roosevelt once said human rights begin close to home -- in "places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination."
As in previous years, we will honor these human rights heroes at a special mid-day ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol on December 10th, Universal Human Rights Day -- which happens to fall on a Wednesday this year.
To make it easy for you to submit a nomination, we have established a convenient online nomination form that you may use:
Online Nomination Form (administered by Constant Contact)
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We are seeking nominees from every background and every walk of life. You can see a list of some of our previous winners on our blog, "To Reaffirm Faith." Here are the links:
Please note that nominations must be submitted by Monday, December 1st. There will be a full membership meeting of the OK Universal Human Rights Alliance on that day, and selections will be made at that time. Please call Wilfredo if you wish to join the meeting or if you have any questions: 405-631-3027.
The annual Human Rights Day observance at the State Capitol carries on a tradition that was started by the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission many years ago. We are proud to carry on this tradition of honoring the men and women in our state who help to define the meaning of human rights where we live.
"...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, “The Great Question,” remarks delivered at the United Nations in New York on March 27, 1958.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Todos los seres humanos nacen libres e iguales en dignidad y derechos.
Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits.