Monday, June 29, 1998

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  • Fifty Years After the Declaration of Human Rights

    On the 50th Anniversary Year of the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, a New Freedom Bus is traveling to poor communities throughout the country proclaiming "Freedom from Unemployment, Hunger, and Homelessness." Sponsored by the National Welfare Rights Union, the Economic Human Rights Campaign is a national effort to highlight the economic human rights abuses caused by welfare reform, anti-immigrant legislation, downsizing, and poverty.

  • The Japanese Schindler

    "Visas and Virtue" won the Oscar for Best Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards. A Japanese "Schindler’s List", it is the true story of Japanese Consul General Chiune "Sempo" Sugihara, who was stationed in Lithuania in 1940. When he found his consulate besieged by Jewish refugees in need of visas to escape the Nazi horror, he wrote some 2,000 visas without stop, right up until the moment his train pulled away from the station, when he was ordered to leave his post.

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