Human Rights in National Security

Human Rights in National Security

Amnesty International USA is excited to announce the release of a new toolkit for students and educators on human rights in national security.  This FREE toolkit is intended to raise awareness among students ages 16-20 of the intersection of human rights and national security. Additionally, it is intended to increase participation among high school and college students in activism and advocacy around torture, surveillance, anti-Muslim hate, indefinite detention, and other common human rights violations associated with post-9/11 U.S. national security policy.

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HRE USA 2016 Annual Report

In 2016, HRE USA continued its work to advance human rights education in the United States. Our accomplishments include contributing content to the California History/Social Science standards; expanding our online HRE  library; supporting schools that are part of our Human Rights Friendly Schools project; and holding multiple chapter-led workshops throughout the United States.

We’re proud of these achievements, but we’ve got a lot more work to do – and we need your help! Together, we can create a culture of respect for human rights among our fellow Americans – a legacy that will resonate both here at home, and abroad.

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Digital collection on Standing up to Hatred and Intolerance

Across the globe, individuals, communities and societies as a whole are confronting profound questions about identity, membership, and belonging. This collection by Facing History and Ourselves provides structured activities for making connections to current events and discussing sensitive topics in a safe and reflective classroom. The lessons examine examples of division and intolerance, as well as powerful cases of individuals and communities working together and standing up to hate.

Human Rights Education Theory, Research, Praxis

Bringing together the voices of leaders and researchers deeply engaged in understanding the politics and possibilities of human rights education as a field of inquiry, Monisha Bajaj’s Human Rights Education shapes our understanding of the practices and processes of the discipline and demonstrates the ways in which it has evolved into a meaningful constellation of scholarship, policy, curricular reform, and pedagogy. Contributions by pioneers in the field, as well as emerging scholars, constitute this foundational textbook, which charts the field’s rise, outlines its conceptual frameworks and models, and offers case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The volume analyzes how human rights education has been locally tailored to diverse contexts and looks at the tensions and triumphs of such efforts.

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Build Schools, Not Walls

Thousands of people are planning to take action on May 1st to show communities united against hate and bias and ready to stand up to ensure there are resources and opportunities for all students. Join the efforts and stand in solidarity to make sure that schools are welcoming and supportive of immigrant students and their families.

“In this political climate we see increased absenteeism and anxiety in our immigrant students. There is an out and out fear of what may happen to them. It breaks your heart to see students and parents have difficulties separating in the morning. As you can imagine, students who have to remember to carry the names of adults they should contact if their parents are caught in an ICE raid have difficulty remembering classroom lessons,” explained Trish Gorman, President of the Oakland Education Association (OEA)

TAKE ACTION › Sign the May 1 pledge and tell lawmakers to Build Schools Not Walls. CLICK HERE ›

By Kate Snyder

Source: Educators, students and community leaders rally to Build Schools, Not Walls on May 1