Fargo Mayor Declares Human Rights Week

October 26, 2022

FARGO, N.D. (October 26, 2022) – Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney has proclaimed Monday, October 1 through Saturday, November 5, 2022, Human Rights Week for the City of Fargo. Mayor Mahoney encourages the community to observe the week by reading and studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and participating in events encouraging diversity of thought and discussion.

The sixth annual North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival will open November 1-5, 2022, in Fargo, North Dakota. An Opening Ceremony and Awards Presentation will take place at the Radisson Blu at 6:30 p.m.on Tuesday, November 1. November 2-4, filmmaker and artists workshops will take place daily at 9:30 a.m. at the Plains Art Museum, a free community luncheon and panel discussion will take place at the Fargo Public Library at 11:30 a.m., and film screening, filmmaker Q&As, and community discussions will take place at the Fargo Theatre at 1:30 and 7 p.m. On Saturday, November 5, a filmmaker workshop and free community luncheon and panel discussion will take place at The Human Family offices, and film screening, filmmaker Q&As, and community discussions will take place at the Fargo Theatre at 1:30 and 7 p.m. The festival’s full Festival Program is available online with details about each event.

A complete text of the proclamation is below:

  • WHEREAS, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted on December 10, 1948, and expresses the deepest beliefs about the rights that every human being is born with, and set in motion a movement to secure liberty and justice for all people; and
  • WHEREAS, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights decrees that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”; and
  • WHEREAS, The City of Fargo is an inclusive community that promotes equality, inclusiveness, and equitable environments, and fosters respect for all persons, regardless of race, religion, gender identification, age, ability, or country of origin; and
  • WHEREAS, Education and discussion are the pillars of understanding and community building, and our community must press forward to achieve these fundamental rights and freedoms for all persons equally.
  • NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dr. Timothy J. Mahoney, Mayor of the City of Fargo, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 31, 2022, through Saturday, November 5, as Human Rights Week in the City of Fargo, North Dakota, and call upon the community to observe this week by reading and studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and by participating in events that encourage diversity of thought and discussion, and for each of us to strive to better our community by ensuring all individuals have these fundamental rights and freedoms.
  • IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, to be affixed this 31st day of October 2022. 

Full copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are available to attendees participating in the festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is a program presented by the non-profit organization, The Human Family, a North Dakota based 501(c)(3) dedicated to promoting human rights and social justice through film and art.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human-rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. The festival is a non-partisan event, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The festival is supported in part through grants by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fargo Arts and Culture Commission, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, and the Arts Partnership, with support from the Cities of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo.

For more information about the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival, visit the Human Family website, www.human-family.org.

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