Western Territory Commemorates Human Rights Day

Western Territory General Vice President Gary Allen

Western Territory GVP Gary Allen spoke recently at the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission Event to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948.

More than 100 human rights activists from around Puget Sound attended the event, including some 40 members of IAM District 751 and District 160 who staffed tables in support of human rights organizations they support.

In remarks to the gathering, Allen called for a renewed effort to achieve the declaration’s primary goals: the right to life, liberty and security of person.

“The things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us,” said Allen. “We have to take this nation in the direction we want it to go.  Nobody is going to do it for us.  We have to demand a better, more decent nation; and we can never give up until we get it!  We have no more sacred obligation than what we owe to each other, and especially to our children.  They deserve a future that is free from hunger, oppression and fear – a life that ensures basic shelter and the hope for peace.  If we can find no other reason to do the right thing, if we don’t do the right thing for ourselves, we must do it for them.”

Special thanks are due to Ron Harrell, Vice-Chairman of the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission and District 160 member, for his work coordinating the event.

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