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Kids' Fesival of Lights For Rights --- Come Support Striking Workers!

Workers at the Parry Center for Children have been on strike for over a week now. Come join them in support on Friday, Dec. 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Kids' Festival of Lights for Rights, in honor of International Human Rights Day.
The workers at the Parry Center for Children have been on strike since Monday, Nov. 29. Parry Center workers provide 24-hour residential care to some of Oregon's most troubled children. We're fighting for worker rights, and for better quality of care for the children we serve and care about. We're taking a stand and working hard to improve our community.

Please come to our rally this Friday, Dec. 10th and show your support for the labor movement and for International Human Rights Day. The Parry Center is located at 3415 SE Powell Blvd. in Portland.

See you there! More information here: http://www.seiu503.org/ourlocal/bargaining/pnp/opb/humanrts.cfm

homepage: homepage: http://www.seiu503.org/ourlocal/bargaining/pnp/opb/humanrts.cfm
address: address: 3415 SE Powell Blvd., Portland OR

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from the jobs with justice website:

Dec 9, 2004
International Human Rights Day
Kids' Festival of Lights for Rights Highlights Union Rights Violations

Community, religious, labor groups and families are joining together on December 10th at 3415 SE Powell Blvd in Portland from 5-6:30 pm with a show of lights to celebrate International Human Rights Day.

Jobs with Justice and other activists will be joining striking workers at the Parry Center for Children to bring attention to the rights of workers who are struggling to join a union or gain access to fair compensation for the work they do.

Laurie King of Jobs with Justice says the workers at the Parry Center are upholding community standards for all of us. "Parry Center workers care about the children, they care about their work, and they stand for the ultimate right of workers to strike without the fear of being 'permanently replaced.'"

The right to form a union is a protection under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Bill of Rights and U.S. labor law. The AFL-CIO has declared December 10th as a national day of celebration, recognizing that "union rights are human rights." Many employers, like Trillium (Parry Center for Children) are undermining workers' rights to have a voice on the job.

Reverend Steven Witte, Executive Director of the Oregon Farmworkers Ministries said, "The State of Oregon has entrusted the care of vulnerable children to the Parry Center. And, now management is showing disrespect to the caregivers. Not only is this a disservice to the employees, but it's a disservice to the children who need to learn how to trust."

Eleanor Roosevelt and delegates from over 80% of United Nations member states ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. People around the world have recognized December 10th as International Human Rights Day for the past five years.

Workers' rights are an integral part of the Declaration, which recognizes the freedom of workers to organize and bargain as fundamental human rights, on par with and deserving of the same protection as others such as freedom of speech and religion.