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On this Day in History: The International Red Cross Was Established

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Celebrating the establishment of the International Red Cross.

On October 26, 1863, the Geneva International Convention was held.  During this meeting, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was established with the goal to help people affected by conflict and armed violence by upholding the laws that protect victims of war.

Acting as an independent and neutral organization, the ICRC ensures that all victims of violence are treated with respect and given unbiased aid.  The ICRC is also dedicated to ending suffering through the promotion of humanitarian law and principles.

The ICRC operates according to seven Fundamental Principles that organize their ethical, operational, and institutional framework.  These principles include:

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence
  5. Voluntary service
  6. Unity
  7. Universality

The American Red Cross (ARC) was established by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881 and is tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United State as well as around the world.  From a single family dwelling catastrophe, to a hurricane, mudslide, earthquake, tornado, flooding, and other natural disasters, the ARC responds with personnel, supplies, creates shelters, and case management.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we honor the International Red Cross on the anniversary of its establishment.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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