LatinaLista — On December 10, 2008, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
It’s especially poignant that after 60 years human rights are under assault in all corners of the world, just as intensely as ever. From third world countries to industrialized nations, the basic human rights of men, women and children are still being ignored and trampled on in the name of “rule of law.”
Amnesty International wants to highlight this momentous anniversary with a special four-month concert series. September 10 to December 10, 2008, called “Small Places Tour.” The name is taken from a famous 1958 speech, dubbed “small spaces” speech, that former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered calling out for “concerted citizen action.”
The Small Places tour will consist of hundreds of tours around the world dedicated to elevating human rights concerns while also recruiting thousands of new human rights activists, along with, much needed funds for Amnesty campaigns.
Amnestyâ€™s 2008 priority campaigns include working to stop violence against women, stopping torture, ending the killing in Darfur, controlling small arms, demanding the closure of GuantÃ¡namo, challenging Chinaâ€™s human rights record including its actions in Tibet and working for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners in Burma.
A fairly recent addition to Amnesty International is Aliados con Amnesty.
Members of Aliados con Amnesty are dedicated to promoting human rights for Latinos. They originally were brought together because they were fans of the Mexican group Jaguares and learned about Amnesty International at these concerts.
So it’s not surprising that Jaguares has signed on to join the Small Places Tour and will use their concerts to encourage their fans to join Aliados con Amnesty, which is reported to be the fastest growing network of Amnesty International members.
The Mexican rock group is such a fan of Aliados con Amnesty that they plan to participate in events hosted by Aliados volunteers and include information about the group when their new release, “45”, hits the market on Sept. 2, 2008.
In the meantime, check the tour’s MySpace site to see where there’s a concert happening near you.