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