The Latah County Human Rights Task Force will sponsor Human Rights Day at the Moscow Farmers Market on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Activities will take place from 8:00am to 1:00pm in Friendship Square, Downtown Moscow, ID.
Protecting human rights seems doable in calm, peaceful times, but when a nation is under attack, people often forget their principles of tolerance and respect. This was the case when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. With no due process, over 110,000 Americans of Japanese ethnicity, many of them native-born citizens, were taken from their homes and sent to internment camps scattered throughout the country. A little-known work camp related to this forced relocation was located near us in Kooskia, Idaho. But that was then and this is now. The current question relating to this history is: how have American-born Muslims fared since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center?
These topics are the focus of Human Rights Day at the Moscow Farmers Market. Human Rights Day at the Market is an annual event sponsored by the Latah County Human Rights Task Force. It was started in 1991 as a response to Neo-Nazi activities in Northern Idaho, including Richard Butler’s July 4th neo-Nazi parade in Coeur d’Alene. Rather than going north to protest these hate activities, Task Force members began staging a counter-event to show that our community stands for inclusion and diversity. Each year, we provide informational displays, fact sheets, and children’s activities centering on a relevant theme. Past themes have included Building Bridges with Our Muslim Neighbors, Human Rights in Hard Times, and last year, Immigration: a Moscow Experience. For the 2011 theme, Human Rights Under Attack: Japanese Internment and Islamophobia, children’s activities will include origami and coloring prints of Islamic tiles.