Event: Building and Sustaining Human Rights Cities Together in the South


When: April 26-28
Times: Day 1: 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Day 2: 8:30am – 5:00pm, Day 3: 8:30am – 11:00am
Where: Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Join the National Human Rights Cities Alliance and partners to explore the human rights city organizing model to “bring human rights home.”  This multi-day event aims to promote understanding of human rights cities/communities and advance ideas and models for local human rights practice.

>> Learn more about the National Human Rights Cities Alliance

More details will be forthcoming including lodging and other logistical details. For questions, please email Jacob Flowers at jflower@afsc.org for more information.

Organized by National Human Rights Cities Alliance, American Friends Service Committee – US Human Rights Network. 

Islamophobia: A People’s History Teaching Guide

Islamophobia is getting worse. The number of anti-Muslim hate groups has grown exponentially. Anti-Muslim hate crimes increased another 15% and the bullying of Muslim children in schools is on the rise. If we want to reverse these trends, we need to challenge Islamophobia with educational resources that raise consciousness and move people to action.

Teaching for Change has created a seven-lesson curriculum called “Islamophobia: A people’s history teaching guide.” The lessons teach us to rethink what we know about the history of Muslims in the U.S., including the fact that Islamophobia is rooted in a history of racism. In addition to narrative-changing content and inclusive teaching strategies, our lessons elevate the voices of activists building justice. Each lesson includes detailed teaching directions, participatory activities, and multimedia teaching resources.

In 2018, Teaching for Change introduced the lessons to nearly 400 teachers who impact 60,000 students.  The lessons are in the final stage of development and will be available in early 2019.

>> Learn more and support the curriculum

HRW World Report: US Continues to Move Backward

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report is arguably the best country-by-country assessment of human rights to be found. HRW recently released its 2019 report, and the U.S. entry is sobering. According to the report, “The United States continued to move backward on human rights at home and abroad in the second year of President Donald Trump’s administration. With Trump’s Republican party controlling the legislative branch in 2018, his administration and Congress were able to pass laws, implement regulations, and carry out policies that violate or undermine human rights.”

The report chronicles domestic setbacks, such as continued whittling away of the Affordable Care Act, as well as backsliding in the areas of human rights diplomacy, with increased support for authoritarian regimes.

>> Read report online
>> Download full report

The ABC’s of the UPR Webinar – Today!

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 5 PM EST / 4 PM CST / 3 PM MST / 2 PM PST
Cost: FREE

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations (UN) Member States. The result of each review is reflected in the Final Report of the Working Group, which lists the recommendations the State under Review (SuR) will have to implement before the next review. The 3rd Universal Periodic Review of the USA will take place in 2020.

Join the USHRN’s UPR Taskforce for this free webinar to learn how you can participate in this United Nations process from Community to Country to Global Civil Society.

>> Learn more and register

Social Emotional Learning Grants

Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, is seeking applications for teacher-led and district-level projects that foster students’ social and emotional learning skills. They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups to implement an innovative project in their classrooms and/or schools in the 2019-2020 school year, and up to $25,000 per year for district-level awardees.

 Application Deadline: March 22, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

International Youth Campaign on Kindness

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) have launched an International Youth Campaign on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

This campaign aims to mobilize the world’s youth to achieve the United Nations’ 17 SDGs by calling for and celebrating stories of extraordinary, transformative acts of kindness committed by youth and by showing how they are contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

Youth are encouraged to submit their stories or the stories of others they have witnessed via the campaign’s website.

>> Learn more and submit a story