UPR Cities Project – Webinars

As the US government works to roll back our human rights protections, it is more important than ever that we mobilize a human rights constituency to defend human rights for all residents. The US will appear in front of the “World Court of Human Rights” at the United Nations and we need your help to build a case and engage international allies in strengthening our work for human rights in communities around our country.

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights review processes and build a national cities stakeholder report. The UPR Cities website & upcoming webinars provide tools for organizers to help residents learn more about the Universal Periodic Review of the United States and how we can use international reports to facilitate local policy changes.
(All webinars are at 6:00 PM Eastern time/3:00 PM Pacific)

Wednesday, June 26Using International Mechanisms to Collect,
Compile, and Clamor
Thursday, July 25Strategies for UPR Cities & the 3 Cs
Thursday, August 29Sample Recommendations

If you missed it, you can watch Webinar #1 here: “Introduction to UPR Cities” webinar (36 minutes)

To register for upcoming webinars, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to uprcities@humanrightscities.mayfirst.org.

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2019 Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2019.


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>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell

New Lessons and UN Recognition of HRE USA Curriculum Guide

Four new lessons have been added to the HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide.  All of the lessons are available for free to download in Word and PDF format. The new lessons include:

HRE USA is also excited to announce that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) now features eight lessons from the Curriculum Integration Guide in UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) Library of Resources – a comprehensive, open access database of pre-existing, relevant and age-appropriate educational materials.

>> HRE USA Curriculum Integration Guide

HRE Award – Call for Nominations

HRE USA invites nominations for the 2019 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards.

Nominations may be for:

  1. An individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States
  2. An organization, institution, or program that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States

One organization and one individual are awarded every year.  The awards will be presented in November during the National Council for the Social Studies conference in Austin, TX.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

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>> 2019 Nomination Form

Send inquiries and nominations to: Nancy Flowers

Apply for a Flowers Fund Grant Today!

Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support? 

Applications are now being accepted for 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.

Grants of up to $1000 will be made for projects to individuals and organizations that are members of HRE USA. All applications should have direct relevance to human rights education in the United States and be completed during the 2019/2020 Academic year.

The Flowers Fund will consider applications in areas such as research in human rights education, travel to attend HRE conferences, encouragement of emerging leadership, and innovative projects that expand the scope and understanding of HRE and/or extend the audience for HRE. ​

Application Deadline: July 1st

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>> Meet our 2018 Grantees

HRE USA Survey

Take the membership survey and receive a FREE POSTER on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

To improve the quality of our member experience, we want to know more about you, your involvement in HRE USA, and how we can better serve you. 

To improve the quality of our member experience, we want to know more about you, your involvement in HRE USA, and how we can better serve you. 

The survey takes 10-15 minutes. 

Teach Climate Justice

The climate crisis threatens our lives and our right to a clean environment. And yet, throughout the United States, schools have failed to put the climate at the center of the curriculum.

To address this gulf between the climate emergency and schools’ inadequate response, the Zinn Education Project (coordinated by Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change) has launched a campaign to Teach Climate Justice. The campaign provides classroom-tested lessons, workshops for educators, and a sample school board climate justice resolution.

The climate crisis is not going away. That means that teaching for climate justice is work we all need to do. Join us.

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