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Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman's Invictus Film Release Kicks Off New Campaign For Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The launch of Invictus will hopefully set of a wave of renewed interest in a proposal to recognize and protect the rights of humanity.

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The drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights did not only envision a world where every man and woman has rights. They also envisioned a world where every man and woman had responsibility - responsibility to educate others on the rights of the UDHR, and to uphold them in their governments, in their communities, and neighborhoods.

On Friday, December 11, TheCommunity.com will launch a new campaign to raise awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to educate the public on the articles. The website will feature actios that people can take with our partner organizations to uphold the rights outlined in the UDHR. The campaign begins with billboards displaying photos of artists and activists highlighting articles of the UDHR, throughout Southern California. It will expand through 2010 to include video PSAs with Nobel Peace Prize winners and internationally recognized artists.

One of the most important documents of our time, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands as a beacon of hope in a world where people suffer from cruelty and injustice.

If you would like to be a part of the campaign, contact us atudhr@thecommunity.com

a As I hear of the shocking human rights abuses across our globe each day, it becomes ever more apparent that nations must standardize the principals of human rights and apply them equally to all.

In the words of Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu who delivered a video message Wednesday evening prior to the screening of INVICTUS, that began with "Hello West Hollywood from Johannesburg.":

"The UDHR may be to some just a document that was written a long time ago. In fact, it represents the first time our world came together to make a statement about the value and dignity of human life. The nations that had gathered in the U.N. said in one voice: "We think that all men, all men and women, are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

This voice has rippled outward for more than 60 years. It has become something that a prisoner, imprisoned for nothing more than his beliefs, can take and say, 'Look. I have rights.' A mother can look at a child and say, 'My child has a right to education.' And it has given birth to organizations like yours [those represented at the event], groups of good-willed people saying: 'I am going to spend my time making sure that these rights continue to exist in our world. I'm going to make sure a young girl gets an education. I'm going to stand up for someone whose rights are being violated.'

Friends, I've made my vow to stand up for the rights of others and for the implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights across our globe. I'm only one person but I'll do the best I can. Please join in this most important cause. To get involved, please contact Mary Wald and Bonnie Abaunza at udhr@thecommunity.com

Linda Milazzo is a Los Angeles based writer, educator and activist. Since 1974, she has divided her time between the entertainment industry, government organizations & community development projects, and educational programs.

 
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