Artists United For Human Rights

Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Sunday, October 4, 2009, aboard the USS Little Rock, Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, musicians and artists will combine forces to support human rights at Artists United For Human Rights.  From 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., this festival will feature non-stop live music, artists and business selling their wares and directors of task forces and organizations that support human rights focusing on education, awareness and prevention of child abuse and trafficking.  This all day event is free and open-to-the-public in direct support of Maiti Nepal (ATSEC) and Prevent Child Abuse NY (Citizens Task Force Buffalo) with a focus on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Coordinators of this event, musician, Noa Bursie and Susan Marie, Public Relations, were compelled to support human rights focusing on abuse and trafficking after viewing the PBS Documentary by Andrew Levine, "The Day My God Died." Bursie and Marie contacted Maiti Nepal, the main focus of the film, combining that with the main abuse prevention organization in New York State. ATSEC (Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children) in Nepal responded with full support, as did Prevent Child Abuse NY with Citizen's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect (CTFCAN) (7 task forces in Buffalo.)

Maiti Nepal, founded 1993, is a crusade to protect Nepali girls and women from domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor, exploitation and torture. Maiti Nepal was formed to fight against social evils inflicted upon the female populace.  It's primary focus is preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing flesh trade victims and rehabilitation.  This social organization works to find justice for victimized girls and women by engaging in criminal investigation and waging legal battles against the criminals.  It has highlighted the trafficking issue with its strong advocacy from the local to national and international levels.

Performers for the day will include Noa Bursie, Emile Latimer, Lance Diamond, The BloodThirsty Vegans, Joni Russ, Van Taylor Project, Rob Falgiano, Gruvology, Mandrill, Derek McKeith, Joyce Wilson Nixon Band and many more.  Artists & Installations will include Artfully Aware (International), Nomad Magazine Community Painting Project (local), Buffalo Indie Market (local) and Poet Tree Magazine (International).

Join in the fun at this free day of music, artwork displayed from diverse cultures and genres, and visit the Naval and Military Park to support the Marina and two organizations that assist children.