Welcome to the conversation!

Welcome to the conversation!

Harriet Beecher Stowe's (1811-1896) best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), made her the most famous American woman of the 19th century and galvanized the abolition movement before the Civil War.

The Stowe Center is a 21st-century museum and program center using Stowe's story to inspire social justice and positive change.

The Salons at Stowe programs are a forum to connect the challenging issues (race, gender and class) that impelled Stowe to write and act with the contemporary face of those same issues. The Salon format is based on a robust level of audience participation, with the explicit goal of promoting civic engagement. Recent topics included: Teaching Acceptance; Is Prison the New Slavery; Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North; Creativity and Change; Race, Gender and Politics Today; How to be an Advocate

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

December 18: International Migrants Day

Did you know that today, December 18, is International Migrants Day? This annual international day of awareness was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2000, recognizing the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families on December 18, 1990. The day is intended to raise awareness on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants and to ensure their protection.

This year's International Migrants Day is especially poignant following the adoption of an October 2013 Declaration which recognizes "the important contribution of migration to development and called for greater cooperation to address the challenges of irregular migration and to facilitate safe, orderly and regular migration." The Declaration of the High-level Dialogue on International Migration 
and Development is available online and is an important step in condemning racism and intolerance towards migrants.

We always look to showcase not only important social justice issues, but ways you can take action on them. Read below, or visit the UN website, to learn more about how you can take action on this International Migrant Day.

Take action with #IAmAMigrant

For International Migrants Day, global citizens can participate online in the following ways:
Beginning 13 December, share photos and videos tied to your personal stories about how migrants positively contribute to communities and economies worldwide. You can join the global conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #IAmAMigrant. From 13-18 December, your photos and stories will be featured on the UN’s Storify page. Explore the many voices of migrants on the multimedia page.

Share these compelling International Migrants Day advocacy materials with your networks!

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