Poetry Slam + Open Mic

Speak Out for Human Rights Event: Poetry Slam + Open Mic by Human Rights Society UW

IMG_2932Organized by Human Rights Society UW

This poetry slam event will be a safe space for people to share their experiences, performances, and thoughts. The event will thematically focus on human rights issues or experiences but we do not intend to limit the scope of the conversation. Spoken word is a powerful way to not only get people thinking about certain issues or human experiences, but also evoke emotion and get people engaged in a broader dialogue.

During the event, we will also have an open-mic session where we invite individuals or groups to do short pieces on any human rights related issue they are interested in. These performances can be short speeches, blank monologues, musical compositions, or any other form of expression.

We have some incredible performers booked and want to hear your voice. If you are interested in performing for the event (spoken word or open mic), email chloe.akahori@gmail.com.

date | MAY 27, 2015

time | 5 PM


address | 3931 BROOKLYN AVE. NE, SEATTLE, WA 98115

cost | FREE




Questions to Human Rights Society UW? Contact Chloe Akahori (Prez): akahoric@u.washington.edu or Brooke Byun (VP): byunb@u.washington.edu

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Human beings are, too often, treated unjustly, marginalized, oppressed, abused, and/or targeted for criminal acts. At Human Rights Society, a nonprofit organization, we are passionately dedicated to advocating for human rights for all because we believe, with all our hearts, that all humans have universal and intrinsic value — equally. We align our mission with the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Right and focus on key human rights issues: Children’s Rights, Girls/Women’s Rights, Poverty, Human Trafficking, Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, and Genocide.

We long to see children flourish without terror and war. We work to see girls and women have equal rights to education, safety, work, and pay. We long to see slavery abolished once and for all, versus the 29 million slaves that exist today. We want a world to work together to make sure people are not suffering from poverty.We yearn for people to treat each other with utmost and mutual respect without discrimination based on skin color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc. We insist that at-risk people groups be protected from genocide.

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ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says

Originally posted MAY 16, 2015—
American Special Operations forces mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria early Saturday, killing a leader of the Islamic State and about a dozen militant fighters, as well as capturing his wife and freeing an 18-year-old Yazidi woman who Pentagon officials said had been held as a slave.

In the first successful raid by American ground troops since the military campaign against the Islamic State began last year, two dozen Delta Force commandos entered Syria aboard Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Ospreys and killed the leader, a man known as Abu Sayyaf. One American military official described him as the Islamic State’s “emir of oil and gas.”

Even so, Abu Sayyaf is a midlevel leader in the organization — one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant — and likely is replaceable in fairly short order. And the operation, while successful, comes as the Islamic State has been advancing in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, demonstrating that the fight against the Sunni militant group in both Iraq and Syria remains very fluid.

Yet the Pentagon’s description of a nighttime raid that found its intended target deep inside Syria without any American troops being wounded or killed illustrates not only the effectiveness of the Delta Force, but of improving American intelligence on shadowy Islamic State leaders.

A Defense Department official said Islamic State fighters who defended their building and Abu Sayyaf tried to use women and children as shields, but that the Delta Force commandos “used very precise fire” and “separated the women and children.” The official said the operation involved close “hand-to-hand fighting.” (The accounts of the raid came from military and government officials and could not be immediately verified through independent sources.)”

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Hundreds of Refugees Arrive in Malaysia and Indonesia After Thai Crackdown

Originally posted on Reuters by Roni Bintang and Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzahon on May 11, 2015—
“Malaysia has detained more than a thousand Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees, including dozens of children, police said, a day after authorities rescued hundreds stranded off Indonesia’s western tip.

There has been a huge increase in refugees from impoverished Bangladesh and Myanmar drifting on boats to Malaysia and Indonesia in recent days since Thailand, usually the first destination in the region’s people smuggling network, announced a crackdown on the trafficking.

Over 100 refugees from these countries were found wandering around in southern Thailand last week, apparently having been abandoned by smugglers.

An estimated 25,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar boarded rickety smugglers’ boats in the first three months of this year, twice as many in the same period of 2014, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR has said. Most land in Thailand, where they are held by the smugglers in squalid jungle camps until relatives pay a ransom.”

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Thai Police Moved Over ‘Human Trafficking Links’

Originally posted by BBC News on May 7, 2015—
“Thai authorities say more than 50 officers have been transferred from their posts over suspected links to human traffickers.

The announcement came after mass graves and more than 30 bodies were found in the south over the past week.

The victims were thought to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who paid smugglers to get them across Thailand.

The military junta has given local authorities until the end of next week to eradicate camps used by smugglers.

But Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who ordered the operation, also said the problem was “from abroad and not from us”.

“To solve it we must look to the source because we are merely a transit country,” he said.”

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Nepal Quake Survivors Face Threat from Human Traffickers Supplying Sex Trade

Originally posted by Jason Burke on The Guardian on May 5, 2015—
“Tens of thousands of young women from regions devastated by the earthquake inNepal are being targeted by human traffickers supplying a network of brothels across south Asia, campaigners in Kathmandu and affected areas say.

The 7.8-magnitude quake, which killed more than 7,000 people, has devastated poor rural communities, with hundreds of thousands losing their homes andpossessions. Girls and young women in these communities have long been targeted by traffickers, who abduct them and force them into sex work.

The UN and local NGOs estimate 12,000 to 15,000 girls a year are trafficked from Nepal. Some are taken overseas, to South Korea and as far as South Africa. But the majority end up in Indian brothels where tens of thousands are working in appalling conditions.”

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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Recount Their Escape

Originally posted by Yahoo News Digest on April 29, 2015—
“Fear paralyzed Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus during the 10 years that they, along with fellow survivor Michelle Knight, were held captive by Ariel Castro in his Cleveland home. Berry and DeJesus talked with ABC’s Robin Roberts about their captivity, their escape, and how they survived the ordeal. Fear, they said, is what kept them from ever attempting to escape. Berry, 29, and DeJesus, 25, were abducted in 2003 and 2004, respectively, as teens. One day, Berry said, she saw an opportunity to run. Berry’s daughter, Jocelyn, who was born in captivity, noted that “Daddy’s car” was gone.

She’s like, ‘Mom, Daddy’s car is gone.’ Like, my heart immediately started pounding ‘cause I’m like … ‘Should I chance it? If I’m going to do it, I need to do it now.’

Amanda Berry”

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Thai Mass Grave Held Bodies of 26 Suspected Trafficking Victims

Originally posted by Amy Sawitta Lefevre for Reuters on May 2, 2015—
Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday.

The digging site, in Sadao district in Songkhla province, yielded five bodies on Friday and 21 more on Saturday, all believed to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Authorities found three survivors at the camp, two of them children.

“A total of 26 bodies were uncovered – 24 men, one woman and one unknown,” said Police General Jarumporn Suramanee, adding the operation was now completed. There had been estimates of up to 30 bodies buried at the site.

Illegal migrants, many of them Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar and Bangladesh, brave often perilous journeys by sea to escape religious and ethnic persecution and to seek jobs in Malaysia and Thailand, a regional trafficking hub.”

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