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Human Rights Walkathon 2009

Written by  Linda Drazkowski
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Tampa and St. Petersburg Proclaim March 7th Human Rights Walkathon Day

Tampa, FL (February 23, 2009)  – Mayor Iorio of Tampa and Mayor Baker of St. Petersburg proclaim March 7th, 2009 as Human Rights Walkathon Day. The third annual Human Rights Walkathon will take place in North Straub Park, on the bay shore of St. Petersburg.

Human Rights are the rights that we all have simply because we are human. These rights were set forth and proclaimed in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. These rights include the right to an education, the end of modern day slavery and no racial or religious discrimination in addition to 27 other rights.

“Our purpose is to teach human rights to people of all ages. Through education we can end war, slavery, discrimination and intolerance”, says Linda Drazkowski, Chairman of the Human Rights Walkathon.

The Walkathon partners include Community Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay Academy of Hope, the Florida Coalition against Human Trafficking and Youth for Human Rights. On March 7th, registration will begin at 9am and the walk around Straub Park begins at 10am. Participants do 1/4 mile laps around the park and can do as many laps as they want in an hour. There will be a prize for the participant who completes the most laps.

Speakers and entertainment follow from 11am to 12 noon. Speakers are Mr. James Evans of the Academy of Hope, Ms. Stacie Blake, Executive Director of Community Tampa Bay, Dr. Mary Shuttleworth, founder of Youth for Human Rights and Mrs. Anna Rodriguez, founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. There will be entertainment by the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet and a performance by the Alumni Singers as well as an incredible display of Chinese acrobatics.

People are encouraged to register online to participate in this free event at:


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