Marshall Mend has seen North Idaho make great strides with human rights, he says. But there’s always more to do. “Some people think human rights is for everybody, ‘except.’ They always have an ‘except’ in there,” he said Monday. “But human rights is for human beings, that’s why it’s called human rights. It’s doesn’t matter whether you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, gay or straight. It’s for everybody.” He’s still working to get the word out. Mend, pictured, a longtime human rights activist in Kootenai County, has been tapped to provide guidance on civil rights legislation and enforcement. The Coeur d’Alene Realtor was appointed in December to the state advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Today, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a good time to recommit yourself to promoting human rights. Do you have any special plans to commemorate the life of the civil rights leader and the human rights cause?