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So long as there shall exist…a social condemnation which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth… so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night…so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless . —Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone agreement that the United Nations General Assembly endorsed as a set of fundamental, global human rights, reinforces authors’ freedom to write about a broad range of concerns, whether popular or unpopular. Despite the current presidential administration’s attempts to minimize and sever many of the UDHR’s principles, writers nationwide continue to sustain and agitate for these basic human rights. This panel presented by Northern CA Chapter of The National Writers Union, features three NWU members reading from their work, examining how different genres deliver the UDHR’s message via selected articles.