October Days of Justice

From the October 2014 PNL #838

compiled by SPC staff

National Coming Out Day: October 11

Founded in 1988; October 11 is the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights (1987). Celebrate and support those who choose on this day to come out. Don’t forget to be there for friends & loved ones for whom this year isn’t the right time to come out.

Columbus Day: October 13

Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on October 12, 1492, in search of gold for himself and his expedition’s investors. The indigenous populations of the Americas were devastated. Awareness of the genocidal acts of Columbus and subsequent expeditions grew in the latter half of the 20th century.

Hispanic Heritage Month/Mes de la Herencia Hispana: September 15-October 15

Rooted in 1968, seven countries celebrate their independence on Sept. 15: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days within the same period. 17% of the US population, or 54.1 million people, claim Latino origins.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: October

Originating with a Day of Unity in October 1981, NDVAM is now a platform to mourn the loss of victims of domestic violence, support and celebrate survivors, connect those who contribute to ending domestic violence, and listen to each other’s stories.