The National Human Rights Cities Alliance is working to build a movement to “bring human rights home” to our cities and communities. Working within the US Human Rights Network, they are developing a national conversation about the needs of local human rights defenders and identifying ideas, models and lessons from our movements that can help us build a world where everyone can enjoy dignity and justice. You can learn more about the alliance in their 2017 Report.
This summer, the Steering Committee is planning a gathering of human rights city leaders in Jackson, Mississippi from June 29-July 1. The meeting will focus on bringing more Southern human rights leaders into the national conversation, identifying key lessons from existing human rights cities, and discerning how the human rights city framework can contribute to ongoing struggles over water rights and health.
In addition, participants will explore the ways international law and monitoring mechanisms, such as those in the United Nations and treaty bodies can be a resource for local organizers. This conversation builds upon some of the lessons and resources the alliance has already begun to compile: See Strategies for Improving Local Implementation of Human Rights.
If you would like to attend or learn more, please email: NatHRCitiesAlliance@ushrnetwork.org