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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Teach Gender Equality in the Classroom

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD).  A day to celebrate the achievements of women in history and advocate for a gender-balanced world. This year’s theme is  #BalanceforBetter. March is Women’s History Month – commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.  The theme for 2019 is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.”

International Women’s Day and Women’s History month provide us the important opportunity to educate and inspire students about the role of women in society.  To not only recognize and honor the battles that have been won by women, for women but also to continue to challenge the gender stereotypes and biases that continue to drive inequality today. 

“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

~ Unknown

Classroom education about gender equality is the most grassroots difference anyone can make to advance women’s rights. Research shows that gender bias at primary school can have long-lasting implications for pupils, and children as young as three years old already become aware of gender differences and absorb stereotypes about the activities, toys or traits and skills that are associated with each gender.

Check out the following resources to help champion women’s rights in your classroom:

Rethinking Ethnic Studies

Rethinking Ethnic Studies is an essential guide for the revitalization of ethnic studies in K-12 classroom.

It brings together many of the leading teachers, activists, and scholars in this movement to offer examples of Ethnic Studies frameworks, classroom practices, and organizing at the school, district, and statewide levels.

Built around core themes of indigeneity, colonization, anti-racism, and activism, Rethinking Ethnic Studies offers vital resources for educators committed to the ongoing struggle for racial justice in our schools.

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New Book: Joyful Human Rights

Joyful Human Rights by William Paul Simmons and Semere Keseste (Jan. 2019) is “a pioneering work that thoughtfully explores human rights in the context of the most joyful of human experiences, Joyful Human Rights disrupts current human rights thinking and practice and leads us to challenge the foundations of human rights afresh.  The term “human rights” is now almost always discussed in relation to its opposite, “human rights abuses.” Syllabi, textbooks, and academic articles focus largely on abuses, victimization, and trauma with nary a mention of joy or other positive emotions. Focusing on joy shifts the way we view victims, perpetrators, activists, and martyrs. Importantly, focusing on joy mitigates our propensity to express paternalistic or salvatory attitudes toward human rights victims.”

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The World’s Largest Lesson – Teaching the SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG’s) are a set of 17 targets set up by the UN, in which 193 countries pledge to make real, impactful change in the world by 2030. The World’s Largest Lesson has taken on the role of bringing these goals and targets to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action.

They produce free and creative resources for educators to teach lessons, run projects and stimulate action in support of the Goals. At the heart of their resources are animated films written by Sir Ken Robinson, animated by Aardman and introduced by figures students know and respect, like Emma Watson, Serena Williams, Malala Yousafzai, Kolo Touré, Neymar Jr, Hrithik Roshan and Nancy Ajram. The films establish a context for the Goals and inspire students to use their creative powers to support and take action for them.

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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.

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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
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Say it Forward: A Guide to Social Justice Storytelling

This new guide by Voice of Witness provides strategies and resources for creating justice-driven oral history projects.

Oral history is a universal form of storytelling. For many years Voice of Witness has shared powerful stories of people impacted by injustice with a broad audience of readers.

Say It Forward extends this work, offering a DIY guide for social justice storytelling that outlines the critical methodology at the core of Voice of Witness’s evocative oral history collections.

What’s Inside?

  • Information, strategies, and steps to address power discrepancies, awareness of cultural norms, insider/outsider dynamics, self-care for interviewers, and more
  • An extensive resource section for oral history, community storytelling, media options for sharing stories, community-organizing resources, and clinical psychology resources related to traumatic stories and self-care
  • Field reports exemplifying how to harness the power of personal narrative to expose larger issues of inequality

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NCSS 2019 Conference – Call for Proposals

The theme of this year’s NCSS conference is “Informed Action: Agency, Advocacy, Activism.” The conference will be held November 22-24 in Austin, Texas.

NCSS is partnering with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Texas Council for the Social Studies to create an expansive professional learning experience for social studies, social science, and geographic educators and stakeholders.

2019 Call for Proposals now open! 

Proposal Deadline: March 3, 2019

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