We recognize some of the many human rights heroes who live among us.
There is plenty of evidence that human rights are under attack where we live. All you have to do is turn on the television news. Fear, bigotry, and hatred are a volatile mixture. We worry about the future of our nation.
Where is our evidence?
We find it in the people of our great state. In every corner of Oklahoma -- in places close to home, in the world of the individual person -- we recognize the human rights heroes who live among us. They are the champions of human rights where we live.
They defend the weak. They teach justice. They inspire us by their example to recognize our own rights and to uphold the rights of others.
These are our Oklahoma Human Rights Award Winners for 2015:
(Click on the name to read more about them)
The Aldridge Foundation
Bishop Edward Konieczny
Hilda De Leon Xavier
Eldon Ray Diaz-Henderson
The Sergio Gallegos Family
Rabbi Vered Harris
Fundacion Iris Violeta
Marq Lewis and “We The People Oklahoma”
Silvia Martinez Garcia
Wanda Jo Peltier Stapleton
Lynda K. Powell and the Bethel Foundation
John Wesley Stillsmoking (deceased)
Drs. P.T. and Julia Teska
Kendall Wayne Vowell
Lawrence Brewer Wahpepah (deceased)
World Experiences Foundation
The Oklahoma City chapter of the United Nations Association joins the members of the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Alliance in recognizing the contributions and the inspiring examples of these award winners.
This year, once again, the awards program will take place in the chamber of the State House of Representatives:
Thursday, December 10th -- 10am to 12 Noon
State House of Representatives
2300 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
We hope you will plan to be in attendance.
Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world on December 10th. It is the anniversary of the day in 1948 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the first global enunciation of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.