Youth for Human Rights DC volunteers brave the cold to lead the Stand Up 4 Human Rights Walk 2016 on the National Mall
On International Human Rights Day, Youth for Human Rights volunteers from across the DC metro area braved the cold to lead the Stand Up for Human Rights Walk 2016 in honor of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. After rallying at Lincoln Memorial, the youth walked past the reflecting pool to the World War II Memorial. It was after this World War that the UN declared that all human beings should have rights. They marched on to the White House and closed with a celebration of Human Rights Day at the Founding Church of Scientology.
The walk was led by the Campaign Director of Youth for Human Rights DC, Erica Rodgers, who was assisted by Miss District of Columbia Porcha Lee Taylor and Miss South Africa USA Rejoice Malatji.
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom. As my former president Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’ and so I stand for the right to Education,” said Rejoice Malatji, Miss South Africa USA.
Since 2009, the Youth for Human Rights International Walk for Human Rights has been held in the United States and in various countries around the world for International Human Rights day. Walks have been held in such varied countries such as Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Pakistan, Slovakia, Somalia, the United Kingdom and the United States. These walks have continued each year since and have expanded to having walks in over 40 countries.
This year’s theme was based on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ new campaign “Stand Up 4 Human Rights.” The purpose of the campaign is to reaffirm man’s common humanity and inspire others to take action to support everyone’s human rights. More information can be found at : http://www.standup4humanrights.org/en/about.html and on Twitter at #StandUp4HumanRights.
Youth for Human Rights is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 which assists and unites individuals, educators, organizations and governmental bodies from all levels around knowing and implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It provides educational booklets on the 30 rights of the UDHR, the concise and award winning documentary video “The Story of Human Rights”, a hip hop music video and an educator’s guide filled with lessons on the 30 rights available for free on their website, youthforhumanrights.org.
Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos / Three Kings Day Celebration
For 40 years, GALA has celebrated the holidays with its traditional event for the community, Fiesta de los Tres Reyes Magos/The Three Kings Day Celebration. GALA will again tell the timeless story of the Magi with song, dance and storytelling at two performances on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. These bilingual presentations for the entire family preserve one of the most popular celebrations of Latino cultures.
Fiesta de los Reyes Magos takes place at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW. Admission is free, but a small gift for a child is suggested. Tickets for the 11:30 am presentation will be distributed at GALA’s Box Office at 10 am on a first-come, first serve basis. Tickets for the 2:30 pm presentation will be distributed at the Box Office at 12:30 pm.
A procession/posada with the Three Kings and live animals –including donkeys, goats, and sheep– will begin at 1:00 pm at the corner of Park Road and 14th Street, NW.
The 2017 Fiesta de los Reyes Magos features Bienvenido Martínez as Balthasar, Roberto Colmenares as Gaspar, and Héctor Diaz as Melchior. The featured performers include Honduran singer María Isolina; Los Quetzalitos, a youth Mexican dance company directed by Laura Ortiz; and the popular dance group Alma Boliviana, winner of several dance competitions in the region. The event also will include the traditional Nativity and the giving of gifts by the Magi. Alejandro Negrón, who is the host of Agenda Radio DC, is the Master of Ceremonies. Refreshments will be served following each performance.
Parking is available at discount in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW behind the theatre (validation at the theater). GALA Theatre is also one block north from the Columbia Heights metro station on the Green and Yellow lines.