Organizers Plan Human Rights March

Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day and the event will be commemorated locally with a march to several local offices, urging state and federal policymakers to reduce deficits through other means than hurting the poor, the disabled, children and the elderly.—-

The march begins at 11 a.m. at the Contact Center, located at 1227 Vine St., in Over-the-Rhine. It will include stops at the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, the Justice Center, and U.S. Sen. George Voinovich’s office, downtown near Walnut and Seventh streets.

Speakers with personal stories, original poetry and caroling will be featured at each stop.

Among the groups organizing the march are the Contact Center, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, Over-the-Rhine for Education in Public Schools, and The People's Empowerment Coalition of Ohio.

The march will focus attention on the human rights to have health care, afforadable housing, and an economic safety net of employment and — for those unable to work — income assistance, organizers said. They will call on Congress to extend unemployment insurance to the 2 million Americans being cut from this basic safety net of cash assistance.

International Human Rights Day is observed annually by the United Nations to call for human needs to be met by all nations. One in every five children in the United States lives in poverty, which organizers said shows the need for a basic economic safety net.

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