USF Amnesty International Human Rights Fashion Show
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08/29/09 Lindsey Kratochwill
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

This afternoon the University of South Florida chapter of Amnesty International held the first bay area Human Rights Fashion Show at the Marshall Amphitheatre. Many different human rights groups and local performers came out to be involved in the event.

The Human Rights Fashion Show this afternoon, which was three months in the making, was put together in order to gain more recognition for important issues facing the world today. Glory Cordero is the president of the USF chapter.

David Toliver, who goes by Daytime, is a local poet. He performed poetry around three central causes of the event.

Youth for Human Rights of Florida was at the event to promote educating children about the universal declaration of human rights. Antonella, who volunteers with the organization, saw the importance of all the different groups coming together today.

Francilia Benjamin is a local artist. She performed with Grammy-nominated producer Quincy B. Scovill as Beatnik Castle. She was glad that Amnesty International was shedding light on the plight of the people of Zimbabwe and called the day “noggin day,” saying that people needed to learn more about these human rights issues.

Faces, a local modeling troupe, took to the stage to perform a piece about human trafficking. Francilia spoke while they modeled about the troubles the women of Zimbabwe face.

Lair McDermond was at the event representing USF’s Pride Alliance, which is an LGBT group on campus. She was out supporting Amnesty International and commended them for their continuous support of the issues facing the LGBT community.

Glory says that Amnesty International is organizing another event in October at Skipper's Smokehouse for local artists to come together in support of immigration reform. More information about Amnesty International can be found at amnesty.org.

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