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 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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Funding for Social Justice Advocates

The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. The Fund is especially interested in funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants
  • abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, redefine criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty
  • dismantle the war machine, end state-sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power

One of this year’s grantees is the Fang Collective, a grassroots group working in the Northeast U.S. to, among other things, shut down ICE and local cooperation with ICE.

Application Deadline: July 8, 2019

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Teaching Tolerance Report Examines the Rise of Hate in Schools

By Teaching Tolerance Staff

While disturbing incidents of hate and bias in schools are regularly reported in the news media, the incidents are just a fraction of what educators are encountering in classrooms across the country, a new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project finds.


The report, Hate at School, compares 2018 news reports to a survey of more than 2,700 K-12 educators conducted by Teaching Tolerance that asked them to describe incidents involving hate symbols or the targeting of others on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, gender or sexual identity.

“The teacher reports confirmed our suspicions that there are far more hate and bias incidents than make the news and that the responses by school leaders vary considerably,” said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello. “It’s up to school leaders and members of our communities to ensure that students are not only safe from harm but have the opportunity to learn in an environment that’s inclusive and free of bias.”

Teaching Tolerance found 821 school-based hate incidents in the media in all of 2018, but teachers reported 3,265 such incidents in the fall 2018 semester alone. Fewer than 5 percent of the incidents witnessed by educators were reported in the news media.

Hate at School analyzes comments from survey respondents to gauge the types of hate incidents occurring in schools, where they happen, who is most often the target of these incidents, and how schools are responding.

The most common hate and bias incidents were based on race or ethnicity. These incidents made up 33 percent of those reported by educators and 63 percent of those reported in the news media. They typically involved racial slurs, primarily the n-word, along with a dozen accounts involving blackface and a handful involving nooses. The study also found that these incidents were more likely to result in disciplinary action and a denunciation of the act by school leaders.

Of the incidents reported by educators, those involving racism and antisemitism, which made up 11 percent of the educator reports, were most likely to be reported in the news media. Anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ incidents were the least likely to make the news.

Most of the hate and bias incidents witnessed by educators were not addressed by school staff. No one was disciplined in 57 percent of them. And nine times out of 10, administrators failed to denounce the bias or reaffirm school values, the study found.

In 2016, Teaching Tolerance brought public attention to the school climate crisis in two reports, The Trump Effect and After Election Day: The Trump Effect. Based on surveys of thousands of educators during the campaign and immediately after the election, the reports revealed a wave of political and identity-based harassment in schools, where students across the nation were emboldened to bully and target classmates.

FBI hate crime data – widely acknowledged as underreported – shows that in 2017 hate crimes in K–12 schools and colleges increased by about 25 percent over the previous year, outpacing the national increase of 17 percent.

To help combat the rise of hate in schools, Teaching Tolerance offers Responding to Hate and Bias at School – a manual that guides educators through crisis-management and post-crisis efforts and offers research-based strategies for reducing bullying and creating a welcoming school climate. It is available to schools and educators across the country at no cost.

>> Access full report
>> Take Action


The Southern Poverty Law Center, based in Alabama with offices in Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana, is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.