KWRU Wins Human Rights Award - Kensington Welfare Rights Union FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sun, 20 Jun 1999 08:46:53 -0700 (PDT)


FWD   Tue, 15 Jun 1999 14:09:04 -0400
From: Kensington Welfare Rights Union <kwru@libertynet.org>
Subject: kwru-announce KWRU Wins Human Rights Award

KENSINGTON WELFARE RIGHTS UNION AWARDED THE 1999 LETELIER-MOFFITT HUMAN
RIGHTS AWARD BY THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES

On June 11 in Washington, D.C., the Institute for Policy Studies
released the names of two outstanding human rights advocates who will
receive the 1999 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards.  The awards
ceremony, which this year celebrates the 23rd anniversary, was
established to honor two IPS colleagues who were assassinated in
Washington, D.C. by the Chilean secret police: Orlando Letelier, the
former Chilean ambassador to the United States, and Ronni Karpen
Moffitt, an IPS fundraiser.

IPS, an independent research institute, has been one of the nation's
leading formulators and advocates of progressive ideas for 36 years.

The 1999 awards will be presented on October 7th, 1999 at the National
Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.  The Recipients are:

Domestic Award: Kensington Welfare Rights Union The Kensington Welfare
Rights Union (KWRU) is based in Philadelphia and was established by a
group of poor women in 1991.  KWRU is a multi-racial organization
operated by the poor and homeless, dedicated to promoting human rights
and economic justice within the United States.

KWRU is an organization committed to providing the poor with immediate
relief resources while also displaying a dedication to voicing its
beliefs in the political arena.

KWRU's anti-poverty agenda covers a wide spectrum of programs ranging
from setting up tent cities for the homeless in Philadelphia to
grassroots organized marches in Pennsylvania and New York.  KWRU's
director, Cheri Honkala, herself a welfare recipient, has become
nationally and internationally known as a leading advocate for economic
human rights.  In May 1999, she addressed the Hague Peace Appeal,
advocating U.S. ratification of the UN Convention on Economic, Social,
and Cultural Rights.

International Award: Dr. Juan E. Garcès Dr. Juan E. Garcès, a
Madrid-based lawyer, has been the driving force behind Spain's efforts
to bring Chile's General Augusto Pinochet to justice in a Spanish court
for the human rights violations committed under his 1973 to 1990
dictatorship.

For more information on this years award event contact the institute at
(202) 234-9382 ext. 236

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CONTACT INFO:

Kensington Welfare Rights Union
NUHHCE, ASFCME, AFL-CIO
PO Box 50678
Philadelphia, PA 19132-9720
Phone: 215/203-1945
Fax:   215/203-1950
email: kwru@libertynet.org
web:   http://www.libertynet.org/kwru/

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