Clothesline Project for human rights awareness
October 14th, 2010
Members of the community will be painting T-shirts on October 21 to air concerns about human rights violations. The shirts will be hung on Manchester Plaza as part of the Human Rights Clothesline Project.
Students in Patricia Willis’ course on human rights are organizing the event, which is sponsored by the women’s and gender studies program.
“In the U.S., we don’t always understand the importance of human rights work domestically and globally because we tend to reject international law and the necessity for its application in the U.S.,” says Patricia Willis, activist-in-residency in the women’s and gender studies program.
Racial profiling, inadequate housing, unequal schooling opportunities, food injustice, rights of migrant workers, poverty, discrimination against women, and abuse of children are just a few examples of the issues surrounding human rights for people who live in one of the wealthiest democracies in the world, Willis says.
“The Human Rights Clothesline Project is important to the community because it’s not enough just to talk about human rights. We need to really get in there and show people what’s going on in the United States and abroad,” says senior political science major Maggie Ryan. “It’s also an opportunity for people to express their views and frustrations with the current state of human rights around the world and talk about topics that can be difficult to discuss.”
The event is scheduled from 11 am – 2:30 pm. Rain postpones.