Human Rights Cities

We are used to thinking of human rights as a matter for states to deal with. Much less investigated is the question of what cities do with them, even though urban communities and municipalities have been discussing human rights for quite some time.

In this volume, Grigolo borrows the concept of `the human rights city’ to invite us to think about a new urban utopia: a place where human rights strive to guide urban life. By turning the question of the meaning and use of human rights in cities into the object of critical investigation, this book tracks the genesis, institutionalization, and implementation of human rights in cities; focusing on New York, San Francisco and Barcelona.

Touching also upon matters such as women’s rights, LGBT rights, and migrant rights, The Human Rights City emphasizes how human rights can serve urban justice but also a neoliberal practice of the city. This book is a useful resource for scholars and students interested in fields such as Sociology of Human Rights, Sociology of Law, Urban Sociology, Political Sociology, and Social Policies.

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The New Teacher Book

Rethinking Schools has just published the newly revised and expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book: Finding Purpose, Balance, and Hope During Your First Years in the Classroom. 

The book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on how to flourish in schools and classrooms and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.

There is a huge difference between having lots of book knowledge about a given area — literature, history, math, science — and knowing how to translate that knowledge into lessons that help students learn. All teachers — new and veteran — need skills to develop curriculum that celebrates the delightful aspects of our students’ lives. And we need strategies that address the tragedy of some students’ lives and the tragedy that the world delivers — misogyny, racism, homophobia, poverty, war. We need to discover ways to weave these into our curriculum.

That kind of connection intention takes time and practice and The New Teacher Book from Rethinking Schools can help you get there.

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Radical Teacher: Call for Papers

radical teacher journalRadical Teacher is now accepting submissions for their latest issue of Radical Teacher: Anti-Oppressive Composition Pedagogies: Teaching Writing with Urgency toward Refusal, Justice, and Transformation. 

This CFP is a call for community-building and community transformation: to build tools, resources, and spaces for transforming our classrooms, specifically our writing classrooms; and to approach the teaching of composition in community, with accountability, and with urgency. Such a project requires that we situate ourselves with respect to Critical Pedagogy as an academic field.

Deadline: April 1, 2019

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Pass the Dream & Promise Act Now!

Dreamers (who were brought here as minors) and recipients of Temporary Protective Status are educators and students, our colleagues, neighbors, and friends. They are teaching in our schools, organizing in our union, serving in the military, and contributing to our communities. This country is their home.

Now there is finally a bill in Congress to give this group of aspiring Americans the rights and protections they deserve.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an updated Dream Act that gives hope and dignity to aspiring new Americans while aiming to provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of individuals known as “Dreamers” who came to the United States as minors.

The introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6) reflects the tireless work of legislators, students, activists, and organizations on behalf of immigrants. Together, these advocates are exhibiting their respect and concern for Dreamers and other beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) from ongoing attacks by the Trump administration.

The bill would help approximately 3.6 million Dreamers, including the 800,000 who have been shielded from deportation and granted a work permit under DACA. The legislation provides protection and certainty to our neighbors, friends, many who are students and educators in our schools. The bill not only helps families stay together and secure long-term economic stability but also enables thousands of students to pursue their education and career goals by opening financial aid and college loans.

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Securing Fundamental Human Rights & Challenging Criminalization of Poverty

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M.
Where: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, New York, NY
Cost: Professional/Private Practice: $350
Public Interest/Nonprofit/Academia/Government: $0

4 Standard CLE Credits available

The Bringing Human Rights Home Network will hold its annual conference.  The event is co-sponsored with the Columbia Human Rights Institute and others.  This year’s topic is Securing Fundamental Human Rights & Challenging Criminalization of Poverty.  The event is free for public interest attorneys including academics.  Topics include the criminalization of homelessness as well as leveraging human rights strategies.

4 Standard CLE Credits

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