Reception: Wild for Human Rights

Tue, February 5, 2008 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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An evening reception with a remarkable group of national and human rights advocates.

This reception is sponsored by the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center & WILD for Human Rights in partnership with the US Human Rights Network and will be held in conjunction with Human Rights Project’s annual Human Rights Institute.

Opening remarks by: Larry Cox, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA)

Entertainment by: Hector Morales and Claudia Alzamora (Afro-Peruvian music), and the Mahina Movement (spoken word)

Larry Cox became Executive Director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in January 2006. A veteran human rights advocate, he came to Amnesty after serving for 11 years as Senior Program Officer for the Ford Foundation's Human Rights unit. His work there focused on international justice, advancing economic, social and cultural rights, and human rights in the United States. Larry’s assumption of leadership at AIUSA in fact marks a return to the organization, which he joined in 1976 as its first press office. During his nine years there, Larry established AIUSA's Program to Abolish the Death Penalty before becoming its first Communications Director and as the first Deputy Executive Director. He then spent five years as Deputy Secretary General at Amnesty International's London headquarters.

Claudia Alzamora, vocalist, and Hector Morales, percussionist, are part of the Afro-Peruvian ensemble Alcatraz, which offers contemprorary interpretations of Afro-Peruvian classics.

Mahina Movement is a spoke word trio based in New York that raises awareness to political and social injustices, while celebrating the consciousness of representation. It does so through songs that fuse folk, blues, and hip hop, poems, dances, and paintings.

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