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Dates of Significance

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Making Contact can be used to commemorate dates of significance. Here is a partial list.

* = recognized by the United Nations System

January

15 – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

16 – World Religion Day

3rd Monday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Observed)

February

African-American History Month

14 – Valentine’s Day (St. Valentine ministered to prisoners) – see our Prison Desk

21 – International Mother Language Day*

14 – Victory Over Violence Day (www.vday.org)

March

Women’s History Month – see our Women’s Desk

1st Monday – Memorial Day (Canada)

8 – International Women’s Day* – see our Women’s Desk

20 – Great American Meat-Out

21 – International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination*

22 – World Day for Water* – see our Environmental Desk

April

Sexual Assault Awareness Month (www.nsvrc.org)

7 – World Health Day*

13 – Day of Silence (solidarity with GLBTQ youth) (www.dayofsilence.org) – see our Queer Youth Collaborative

18 – Yom Hashoah (Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust)

22 – Earth Day – see our Environmental Desk

Last Sunday – World Children’s Day

3rd Thursday – Take our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

28 – Workers Memorial Day (US and Canada, in honor of workers killed or injured on the job) – see our Labor Desk

30 – Arbor Day (begun in Nebraska in 1872 – plant a tree!) – see our Environmental Desk

May

Asian Pacific American Awareness Month

2nd Sunday – Mother’s Day (begun in 1872 as an anti-war holiday) – see our Women’s Desk or our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

1 – International Workers Day/May Day see our Labor Desk

3 – World Press Freedom Day* – see our Media and Democracy Programs

15 – International Conscientious Objectors Day – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

15 – International Day of Families*

21- World Day for Cultural Development*

22 – International Day for Biological Diversity* – see our Environmental Desk

25 – Africa Day*

Last Monday – Memorial Day – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

June

World Gay Pride Month – see our LGBTQ page

4 – International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression*

16 – Juneteenth (African American freedom celebration)

17 – World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought* – see our Environmental Desk

3rd Sunday – Father’s Day

20 – First Nations Day (Native & Indigenous Peoples, Canada)

26 – International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking*

26 – United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture* – see our Prison Desk or our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

Last Sunday – Gay Pride Day (Observed) – see our LGBTQ page

July

11 – World Population Day*

14 – Bastille Day (liberation of Bastille prison during French Revolution, 1789) – see our Prison Desk

19 – First Woman’s Rights Convention (Seneca Falls, NY 1848) – see our Women’s Desk

August

6 – Hiroshima Day – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

9 – International Day of Indigenous People*

9 – Nagasaki Day – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

12 – International Youth Day*

23 – International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition*

26 – Equality Day (US women’s suffrage in 1920 – 19th amendment ratified) – see our Women’s Desk

September

1st Monday – Labor Day (begun 1894 by President Grover Cleveland as a way to distract attention from May Day) – see our Labor Desk

8 – International Literacy Day*

16 – International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer* – see our Environmental Desk

Sep. 15-Oct. 15 – Latina/Chicano Heritage Month

21 – International Day of Peace* – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

October

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Native American Awareness Month

1st Monday – World Habitat Day* – see our Environmental Desk

1st Monday – Day of Unity Against Domestic Violence

1 – International Day of Older Persons*

2 – International Teachers’ Day*

2nd Wednesday – International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction*

11 – Indigenous People’s Day (Observed)

11 – National Coming Out Day – see our LGBTQ page

12 – Dia De La Raza (Day of the People – Indian/Latino struggle for justice)

16 – World Food Day* – see our Environmental Desk

17 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty* – see our Welfare Radio Collaborative

24 – United Nations Day*

November

National Home Care and Hospice Month (www.nahc.org)

1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday – Election Day USA

2nd Thursday – Veteran’s Day – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

2nd Thursday – Remembrance Day ( Canada & Britain) – see our War, Peace and Real Security Programs

16 – International Day for Tolerance*

20 – Universal Children’s Day*

25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women* – see our Women’s Desk

29 – International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People*

Last Friday – Buy Nothing Day (www.adbusters.org)

December

1 – World AIDS Day*

2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery*

3 – International Day of Disabled Persons*

5 – International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development* – see our Globalization Desk

6 – National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada) – see our Women’s Desk

10 – International Human Rights Day*

18 – International Migrants’ Day*