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Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition Honors
Five Individuals for Human Rights Work

 MAILED:  Oct. 22, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Five Eau Claire citizens will be honored by the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition at its Second Annual Human Rights Dinner and Recognition Ceremony. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Dulany Dining Room of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition is an alliance of community organizations that advocates for equal justice, equal opportunity and equal dignity without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or family status. Over the past decade, the coalition has evolved from citizen groups such as Circle of Change, the Racial Justice Task Force and diversity study circles. Hundreds of Eau Claire Citizens have taken part in these past efforts.

All five of this year's honorees will be recognized for possessing and demonstrating the power of individual moral courage to stop injustice and to advance the cause of human rights in the Chippewa Valley. They are Ken Adler, director of the Eau Claire Free Medical Clinic; Calvin Eland, UW-Eau Claire professor emeritus and chair of the Advocates for Multicultural Education; Rod Johnson, director of Eau Claire Habitat for Humanity; Jennifer Sandberg, a social worker at the Fall Creek Valley Health Care Center; and Virginia Wolf, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church. They each will receive a Certificate of Recognition and speak briefly about their efforts to promote human rights.

Nominees were selected based on criteria that included the nominee's human rights work, the impact and results the nominee achieved, the relevance of the issues the nominee addressed, as well as relevant biographical information.

"The selection committee is comprised of five individuals from education, judicial/law enforcement, religion and business in Dunn, Chippewa and Eau Claire counties, including one representative from the Eau Claire Human Rights Coalition," said Cynthia Gray-Mash, associate professor of foundations of education at UW-Eau Claire and a member of the coalition.

The evening's agenda will include time for guests to meet each other, followed by keynote speaker, Kaying Xiong-Vue, principal of Locust Lane Elementary School, and a discussion among invited guests to envision a better future for all Eau Claire citizens.

Tickets are $14 and a portion of the payment will be donated to the Hmong Settlement Project. To make a reservation, send names with checks made out to ECHRC to ECHRC/Dinner Reservations, P.O. Box 531, Eau Claire, WI 54702-0531. For more information, call (715) 836-5587 or e-mail mail@echrc.org.

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Updated: October 22, 2004