Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) February 26, 2009
Members of the Youth for Human Rights chapter in Seattle raised awareness for human rights education on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by hosting a petition drive supporting the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 1994 Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer community service. Instead of taking a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King's legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. Youth for Human Rights Seattle members spent the day talking to neighbors and informing them of their fundamental human rights. The group collected 581 signatures for their petition at Seattle Center and Pike Place Market.
The Church of Scientology of Seattle sponsors the YHRI chapter. For the past five years, the organization has been educating people of all ages about the human rights set out in the Universal Declaration by distributing copies of a booklet called What are Human Rights? They also give lectures at local schools and arrange airplay for public service announcements that bring all 30 articles of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights to life.
Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, California with chapters around the world. Its purpose is to educate youth about human rights so they become valuable advocates of tolerance and peace. For more information, visit the website at http://www.youthforhumanrights.org.