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Tuesday, January 20 2015

Second Annual HRC Award Recipient Sought

Adapted from a Greenfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) press release:

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission is currently seeking nominations of individuals and organizations for the 2015 Human Rights Award. Nomination forms may be picked up and dropped off at the mayor’s office in town hall during regular business hours or requested by emailing for a PDF version. The last date for nomination forms to be accepted is March 15th.

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission seeks to award an individual or group who exemplifies and upholds the promotion of human rights, diversity, and equality for all Franklin County residents. The commission’s mission statement is based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights which has served as the foundation of international human rights law, the first universal statement on the basic principles of inalienable human rights, and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations for nearly 60 years. As with the U.N.’s Prize in the Field of Human Rights, recently awarded to Malala Yousafzai who fights for the educational rights of girls in Pakistan in spite of being shot by the Taliban, the commission is seeking to recognize individuals and organizations who have shown outstanding achievement in human rights.

The first Human Rights Award was presented posthumously, to the family of Martin A. McGuane, at a community reception and ceremony in the Greenfield Town Hall Meeting Room on August 11, 2014. McGuane, who passed away in 2012, was recognized for his past public work promoting, protecting, and expanding human and civil rights in the community. A former Greenfield Town Council president, McGuane was instrumental in the creation of the Greenfield Human Rights Commission.  He also served as a Greenfield School Committee member and worked to expand community access as Executive Director of Greenfield Community Television & Frontier Community Access Television.  In addition, he was a member of the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Franklin County (at the same time being a “Big Brother”), The United ARC, Franklin County Community Meals Program, and the GCC Alumni Association.  Marty was the son of former State Representative Allen McGuane who served the Commonwealth from 1961 to 1973. Marty, who was raised and educated in Franklin County, worked at area radio stations including WHAI in Greenfield, WRSI in Northampton, and WCAT in Orange.