HRE USA and the UCCHRE Unite to Condemn the murder of George Floyd and Uphold Black Lives.
As networks dedicated to building a culture of human rights, Human Rights Educators-USA and the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education share the grief, sadness, and anger at the death of George Floyd, whose killing follows so closely on that of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others. These deaths at the hands of law enforcement are indicative of a widespread and systematic violation of the human rights of Black members of our community. Transforming the racist policies and practices of our institutions, which are rooted in centuries of white supremacy, will require more than just the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of the direct perpetrators of these murders; it will also require sustained commitment to challenging systems of oppression in all aspects of our society.
Toward that end, we support the efforts of protesters around the country to demand accountability from police and politicians, and condemn those leaders, including the President of the United States, who exploit white resentment and racist divisions to further their own power. At this moment, we see clearly that a threat of the rights of one group is a threat to the rights of all and that all human rights are indeed interconnected.
In our work as networks, we believe in the value of human rights education in supporting and building the capacity of our communities. We also believe that human rights extend beyond the classroom and are only strengthened in practice. We educate about, through, and for human rights so that communities everywhere will be able to exercise their rights and call out injustice when they see it. We believe that right now, we must continue to call out injustice as educators in the efforts to call out systemic racism and advocate for Black lives.
As a starting point, we offer some collections of resources for educators:
- HRE USA’s list of resources for teaching and demanding justice for George Floyd.
- A Know Your Rights resource guide that will “provide information on the right to protest and how to protest safely in the time of COVID-19.
- Sign on to this petition created by Color of Change.
- Sign on to this petition created by Black Lives Matter.
- Support Black organizations and leadership including the Movement for Black Lives.
- Read the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ response to the murder of George Floyd.
- Review the data on Police Violence in the United States.
- Urgent actions local, state, and national lawmakers can take to end police violence, supported by Campaign Zero.
- Read the 1619 Project – a New York Times magazine series that reframes America’s history by putting the contributions. of Black Americans and the consequences of slavery at the center.
- Visit the Talking About Race portal of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
- Read 26 ways to be in the struggle beyond the streets.