Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) held “For Whom: We Rise Together, International Human Rights Day” on December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm. The cultural event aimed to reach a broad audience from Portland and to build bridges and solidarity across communities in an effort to raise awareness about human rights violations nationally and globally. Performers at the event included human rights advocates from PCHRP, Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan, Portland State Hip Hop Alliance, Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, Central American Solidarity Committee, Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights, Black Student Union, and the Portland Human Rights Commission.
Additionally, the event included international solidarity to the people of Palestine who are subjected to air strikes and military violence every day, the people of Hong Kong in peaceful protest against the Beijing government that is encroaching on their freedom, and all the repressed people all over the world who seek true justice and fight for a world rid of human rights violations.
For Whom: We Rise Together showcased cultural performers who shared with the audience for whom they do the crucial community work that they do. For Whom shed light on the human rights violations happening here on U.S. soil, including police brutality and state repression as in the case with the ongoing movement for justice for Michael Brown in Ferguson, the increasing violence against the LGBTQIAA community, the lack of recognition for the rightful natives of the stolen land we all continue to occupy, and the continuous abuse of undocumented people who are treated as less than humans.