February 10, 2006
Three siblings from La Crescenta are taking a stand for human rights. Tracie and Jesse Morrow joined their younger sister Zoe, 12, on the Venice boardwalk to obtain signatures on a petition promoting the implementation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights by governments. "The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created in 1948 and has been endorsed by 191 nations, yet is painfully neglected in its actual application," Tracie said in a prepared statement.
April 26, 2007
Two student groups at Hoover High School with a history of antipathy toward each other made a symbolic gesture of unity, tolerance and human rights Wednesday. The Armenian Club and La Voz Latina — a volunteer and fraternal campus group that focuses on Latino culture — unveiled a 10-foot-tall and 12-foot-wide mural that depicted two hands clenched together. "We have all these different cultures on campus," said Vaheh Hartoonian, 17, co-president of the school's Armenian Club.
October 2, 2002
Janine Marnien An ordeal that lasted more than eight years has ended for one La Canada Flintridge family. David Chow was released from a Chinese prison Sept. 19, where he had been serving a 15-year sentence. He was reunited with wife, Emily, and sons Joshua and Jonathon in Los Angeles the next day. Rarely do foreign prisoners spend the length of time in a Chinese prison that Chow endured, said John Kamm, a human-rights activist who worked on the case for numerous years and described it as a "long, silent struggle."
September 7, 2001
Marshall Allen GLENDALE -- Shells barraged the Palestinian town of Beit Jala for six hours one night in late July, while 14 members of Christian Peacemaker Teams huddled in Palestinian homes to show what members called their solidarity with the oppressed. Members of the delegation, formed by the historic peace churches -- the Mennonite Church, Church of the Brethren and Quaker denominations -- were hoping their presence as human shields would make the Israeli military "think twice" before shelling the Palestinians, said Bert Newton.
November 13, 2000
Paul Clinton GLENDALE -- When it comes to human rights, France has succeeded where the United States has failed, according to a local Armenian group. The French senate's passage of a resolution recognizing accusations that Ottoman Turkey carried out genocide against Armenians in the first quarter of the 20th Century stands in contrast to the failure of a similar bill in the U.S. Congress last month, a leader of the group said. "France does take the issue of human rights much more seriously than the U.S.," Alex Sardar, executive director of the Western region of the Armenian National Committee, said.
August 13, 2001
Mary Boger The News-Press editorial of Aug. 2 took exception to the Citizen's Memorial Committee inclusion of the recognition of Cesar Chavez's birthday and suggestion that additional requests for other days of commemoration be considered. Early on in the discussions of the Memorial Committee we heard first from one member and then another and then another and then yet another of the tragedies that had beset them or their ancestors because of their race, ethnicity, religion or nationality.
June 14, 2000
Tim Willert GLENDALE -- Lauren Bruich and five friends are driving around Newport Beach, where they spent five days together in a rented beach house. "We're having a great time," said Lauren, who recently graduated as co-valedictorian of Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy. "We're just hanging out and shopping. Two of my favorite pastimes." Back in Lake View Terrace, classmate and co-valedictorian Jacqueline Yu is reflecting on the June 4 graduation ceremony, in which 97 graduates received their diplomas from the all-girls Catholic school.
November 17, 2000
I wonder when reporters as a group will get tired of being used. This is the scene: The French Parliament is in violation of the U.N. Charter's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In fact, if you are a Baptist, you can't practice your religion in France along with 172 other "minority" religions. This measure was passed when there were only 17 members of the French parliament in attendance, but it is still being implemented nonetheless. Now, as usual, the French Parliament whitewashes itself with a bill to "recognize the Armenian Genocide."
May 29, 2003
Ryan Carter Tom Shiokari's voice cracked Wednesday at Wilson Middle School as he spoke about the three years he spent in an internment camp during World War II. By order of the U.S. government, he and his family lived in a 20- by 20-foot room that was dusty and hot, with four metal beds and mattresses they made from straw. "These things don't come easy because a lot of it doesn't come from your textbooks," he said as he spoke at a podium in the school's auditorium.
January 28, 2009
In 1959, Fidel Castro and a band of revolutionaries rolled into Havana, Cuba, creating a storm of controversy around the world after overthrowing the U.S.-backed government. Fifty years later, the effects of Castro’s uprising are still being felt, as local supporters of the revolutionary government continue to hail its ideals while others decry what they view as an autocratic regime. The political situation in Cuba — where Castro ruled from his takeover in 1959 until 2008, when his brother Raúl Castro took the reins of power — has been the focus of intense scrutiny in Glendale and Burbank as well.