The deadline for submission of nominations for the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice is September 15th.
Countless people are doing important, and often unheralded, work under the human rights and social justice umbrella. Each year the Salem Award Foundation (SAF) recognizes an individual or organization whose work alleviates discrimination, promotes tolerance, and achieves justice for contemporary victims of social injustice. Nominations for the Salem Award are now open.
The work and achievements of nominated individuals or organizations are in keeping with the mission of the SAF: to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.
The individual or organization to whom the award is given must:
- Demonstrate a commitment through their work in human rights and social justice issues particularly in the two years preceding the nomination;
- Demonstrate courage in the face of bigotry and intolerance;
- Demonstrate that their efforts further the cause of human rights and social justice for an individual or group of individuals.
The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice nominations are screened by an SAF committee and then submitted to the entire Board of Directors for a vote. Persons or organizations selected for the Award are usually notified in mid-November. A ceremony to honor the recipient is held in the Spring in Salem, Massachusetts and is open to the public. The award recipient is usually invited to speak on a topic that is pertinent to the reason of why they were selected. Please go to salemaward.org/recipients for a complete list of past recipients.
About the Salem Award Foundation for Human Rights and Social Justice
Established in 1992, the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice Foundation sustains its mission to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.
The Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, salemaward.org, is given each year to an organization or individual who speaks out against injustice and promotes tolerance. Salem Award recipients include: The Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Fahima Vorgetts, Afghan Women's Fund; James McCloskey, Centurion Ministries; Robert Raiche, Friends Forever; Leonard Zakim, Anti-Defamation League, New England Region; Vicky Guzman, The Salvadoran Association for Rural Health; Aaron Fuerstein, Malden Mills; Harry Wu, Chinese dissident; and Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center; Thomas Doyle and Horace Seldon; and 2014 recipients, Brian Concannon and Mario Joseph.