Human Rights Day at Moscow Farmer’s Market 2012

On Saturday, Sept. 8th the Latah County Human Rights Task Force sponsored Human Rights Day at the Moscow Farmer’s Market on Main St. This annual event is put on to help involve the community in various human rights topics. This year’s theme was, “The Right to Learn in a Safe Environment: Our Community Takes a Stand Against Bullying.”

The City of Moscow Human Rights Commission was a co-sponsor.

The event included informative displays and brochures; coloring pages for children; a pledge to help prevent bullying, and anti-bullying stickers. There was also a board where people could post items indicating what bullying looked like to them. The display will now be exhibited in the Moscow Chamber of Commerce window on Main St. and the program will be made available to area schools.

The annual Human Rights Day at the Farmers’ Market was instituted in Moscow in 1990 as a response to Neo-Nazi activities in Northern Idaho, including the Aryan Nations Church march in downtown Coeur d’Alene. “Rather than going north to protest, our members decided to sponsor a positive proactive program right here in our town center to show that Idaho is too great for hate,” says Task Force chair, Joann Muneta. “This has now become an important Moscow and Palouse Area tradition bringing people together to celebrate various themes of inclusion and community harmony.”

Contributed by Joann Muneta

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About nwchr

The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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