- Zainah AnwarConsidered Malaysia’s leading feminist. Executive Director of Sisters in Islam (SIS), which promotes the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam. She is also a former member of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia.
- Kaari Betty MurungiLeading Kenyan activist and lawyer. Executive Director of Urgent Action Fund-Africa. Serves on several boards including the Kenyan Human Rights Comission and the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice. In 2003, she was awarded the Kenyan National honor — the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear for her work in human rights.
- Louise ArbourUN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Before taking that position she served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also the former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.
The House Republican leadership and conservative rank-and-file members won a crucial floor vote yesterday, effectively eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Instead of funding the federal agency, the House voted to give some $80 million in block grants to the states for reallocation to schools and local arts groups.
The agency, which has been under siege by conservatives for years, would not have to shut down because of yesterday’s vote. The Senate still has to decide on the matter. And the White House has said President Clinton would veto any legislation that terminated the NEA.
• Ken Burns, the producer of the award-winning PBS series, The Civil War, speaking at a Congressional sub-committee hearing two years ago.