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Human Rights Exhibit opens at Fletcher Free Library

News Release –Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Dec. 5, 2018

Robin Lloyd: 802-355-3256, Charlotte Dennett: 802-881-1872

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be Celebrated With Exhibit of Vermont Activist Posters Through the Ages

On Friday, December 7th from 5 to 7 p.m. the Fletcher Free Library will host the opening of a Human Rights Exhibit (Fletcher Room, 2nd floor) featuring posters, artwork, and articles chronicling the activities of Vermonters in their different struggles for human rights during the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibit, organized by members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the Peace and Justice Center, features Vermonters involved in women’s rights, environmental actions, labor rights, and anti-war protests from the Vietnam war days to the wars in the Middle East. More recent struggles by local groups include, Stop F-35, Black Lives Matter, Rights and Democracy, the Workers Center and Change the Story. The exhibits tie in with different articles from the Declaration of Human Rights proclaiming (for example) the right to freedom of movement, free expression, health care, decent housing and the right to dignity.

“The exhibit is dedicated to the late Judith Joseph of Burlington” said Robin Lloyd of WILPF. “Judith was a dedicated activist and long-term member of WILPF. She was a prime organizer of an exhibit on women’s rights back in 2008 which took pl in this same room. We were inspired by her work and her idea and decided to enlarge the exhibit to struggles by Vermonters for human rights through the ages.” Her husband, Ben Joseph will be present at the event.

“The exhibit captures the spirit of activism in Vermont,” added Charlotte Dennett, another member of WILPF. “Of course, we could not cover everything that has occurred since the Declaration was signed in 1948, but we did our best to make it representative of the different groups and individuals who have helped make Vermont a beacon for human rights.”

The Exhibit runs through January, 2019. The Fletcher Room will welcome visitors on Human Rights Day, Monday, Dec 10 from noon to 5 pm. At other times, viewers may need to request entry from the library front desk.

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