30th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum

EVENT DETAILS:

When: September 13-15, 2018
Where: Augsburg University, Minneapolis, MN
Cost: $25-$130

The 30th annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum will honor the work of President Juan M. Santos of Colombia (2016 laureate) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017 laureate). The forum will explore the tensions between conflict and reconciliation, between justice and forgiveness, between hope and fear.  Join us in honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureates who have navigated these paradoxes.

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Calling All Artists! Poster Contest!

HRE USA is pleased to announce the official launch of the “Picture Human Rights” Poster Contest to celebrate the upcoming 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Artists from ages 5 to 21 are invited to participate by creating a poster based on the UDHR. We hope teachers and youth leaders can use the contest to:
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  • stimulate young people to learn about, reflect on, and express what human rights and the UDHR mean to them.
  • encourage young people to educate their communities about human rights.
  • heighten awareness about the UDHR during its 70th anniversary year

ENTRY DEADLINE: October 24, 2018 (United Nations Day).

First Place winners will receive a $300 cash prize. 

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Dorothy Cotton-Civil Rights Icon: Celebration of Her Life and Legacy

EVENT DETAILS:

When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Where: Bailey Hall, 230 Garden Ave, Cornell University Campus, Ithaca, NY
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Dorothy Foreman Cotton passed peacefully on June 10th. While many of us mourn her passing, this event will be a celebration of her extraordinary life and a legacy that has truly changed not only our nation but the world.
Guests and speakers include the Honorable John R. Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Reverend William Barber, and others who knew and admired Dorothy Cotton and her life’s work. The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers will be performing songs of inspiration and praise in the African American tradition.
Tickets are NOT available online.
Free tickets are available at several locations:
  • Downtown Ithaca Visitor Center, 171 Center Ithaca, on the Commons
  • Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green St, Ithaca
  • 119 Anabel Taylor Hall, 548 College Ave, on Cornell  Campus
  • Africana Library, 310 Triphammer Rd, on Cornell Campus
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center, 301 W Court St, Ithaca, NY
  • Southside Community Center, 305 S Plain St, Ithaca, NY

Workshop: Human Rights Cities and Today’s Political Context

EVENT DETAILS: 

When: Friday, July 27, 2018
Time: 9-5 pm
Where: University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
Cost: FREE

Conveners: National Human Rights Cities AllianceAmerican Friends Service Committee-DC Peace & Economic Justice, & Human rights on the Hill Institute

This day-long workshop convenes human rights activists, scholars, and policy practitioners to consider lessons learned from a growing global “human rights cities” movement. Participants will learn about global and national trends, opportunities, and challenges to “bringing human rights home” here in the United States.  This is a space for sustained dialogue to promote understanding of human rights cities/communities and to advance ideas and models for local human rights practice. Particular attention is paid to disparities in race, class, gender, and environmental health, and we will explore how people-centered human rights cities can help to addresses these structural injustices. Lessons from the workshop will shape the ongoing work of the National Human Rights Cities Alliance and its support for local human rights organizers and movements providing leadership and advocacy to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people. See session summaries below.

Registration is free. Please RSVP to: Rachel Bergsieker, American Friends Service Committee DC Office (RBergsieker@afsc.org).

The National Human Rights Cities Alliance has placed 3 double rooms at the Kellogg Conference Hotel on hold for out-of-town guests. Should you wish to book accommodations at this venue, please include the number of beds requested with your RSVP.

The workshops will run from 9AM-5PM Friday July 27th. There will be an optional program the evening of Thursday July  26th for participants who can attend. More details TBA.

SESSION SUMMARIES

The Global Movement of Human Rights Cities
This panel provides an overview of the emerging global human rights cities movement. It offers perspectives from different world regions and insights into how UN human rights institutions can be resources for local human rights enforcers.
Human Rights Cities in the United States: Background & Highlights/Lessons
This panel shares accounts from several human rights cities, offering perspectives on different models of human rights cities and projects that help build local human rights coalitions.
Human Rights Cities Models and Campaigns
Continuing themes from the preceding panel, this session lifts up key struggles common to all cities and reflects on possibilities for mobilizing local human rights cities around alternative models for community emerging from various national and international campaigns.
Today’s Challenges: Trumpism, Corporate Power and Local Resistance
Why Cities? What possibilities exist for using human rights frameworks to mobilize resistance to to right-wing populism? Drawing from recent struggles around the rights of immigrant residents and to resist corporate-led local development such as that seen in cities vying to host Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, panelists reflect on the lessons and strategies needed to defend human rights amid current challenges.
Concluding Dialogue
Participants will engage in dialogue and Q&A around ideas that emerge in the workshop, including the following possible themes: Lessons from Human Rights Cities—Key models and initiatives; Identifying critical needs for US human rights advocates; Expanding international alliances and strategic use of international mechanisms.

Call for Proposals ICHRE

The 9th International Conferences on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is calling for paper and workshop proposals. Proposals must relate to one or more of the conference themes and must help to achieve the conference goals and objectives.

The theme for this year is, “Unleashing the Full Potential of Civil Society.”  The conference will be held November 26-29, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Conference is expected to be attended by some 400 Australia and international HRE experts, practitioners, decision makers and thought leaders from government, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The 9th ICHRE will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 25th anniversary of the education-oriented Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action. It will cover the range of human rights education (HRE) issues such as national and international curricula, pedagogy and best practices, including in the context of discrimination faced by the First Nations, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTIQ communities and those of refugee and minority cultural and religious backgrounds.

 Deadline for Proposals: July 16

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A New Social Contract – Public Launch

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Thursday, May 24th
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Theresa Lang Center, 55 West 13th Street, Room 202, New York, NY 10011
Cost: Free

Join the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative at their public launch of A New Social Contract: Transformative Solutions Built by and for Communities  on Thursday, May 24 from 6-7:30pm. This joint event is part of NESRI’s Michael Ratner Roundtable Series and The New School’s Henry Cohen Lectures Series. A New Social Contract will spotlight solutions that communities across the United States are advancing to reshape our current landscape of inequity towards one that ensures the full range of human rights of all people. People’s Action, Resource Generation and Race Forward are all cosponsors of the event.

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