Online Course: Strategic Advocacy: Planning & Tracking Advocacy Campaigns

Whether you’re just starting to plan a campaign and want to make it as effective as possible, or are struggling to get the results you want, this training will help sharpen your focus, identify opportunities, and add flexibility and surprise to your campaign. The online course allows you (and your team) to work at your own pace, on your own time, with feedback from our professional trainers and interaction in an online forum with your peers. This new online course is being offered for FREE from New Tactics in Human Rights.

Application Deadline: August 30, 2019.

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Engaging with the Media on Human Rights: Finding, Crafting and Advancing your Story


When: Friday, September 20
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027, Room 320C
Cost: $345 – Early Bird Rate (by August 23rd) $395 – regular rate.
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Media can play an essential role in raising awareness and advancing human rights agendas. This workshop is designed to develop the capacity of human rights and social justice actors to effectively engage with the media in order to advance their work. Drawing on real-world examples and interactive learning activities, through this workshop, participants learn how to: develop media engagement strategies based on a better understanding of journalists’ goals and perspectives; craft, advance, manage, and distribute messages through various strategies, including through social media; identify relevant publications; brand oneself and/or an organization as a go-to source on human rights issues; frame human rights issues that will engage the public; write op-eds and press releases; secure and conduct interviews.

Facilitator: Lonnie Isabel is an established journalism instructor and a veteran of the newspaper business who he has worked on both coasts as a political reporter, investigative reporter and editor for Newsday, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Oakland Tribune. As deputy managing editor of Newsday, Isabel was responsible for supervising the national, foreign, state, Washington, health and science staffs. He was editor and supervisor of Dele Olojede’s Pulitzer Prize winning series on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and has overseen coverage of the Iraq War, the aftermath of September 11th, and two presidential campaigns. Isabel has trained journalists in Jordan and India and was appointed a Poynter Ethics Fellow in 2006. 

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Workshop: New Science Standards and Climate Change


When: Saturday, September 28
Time:  9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Richardson Nature Center at Three Rivers Park District, Bloomington, MN
Cost: FREE. Lunch provided.
Credits: 6 CEUs

Minnesota has new state science standards, and Climate Generation wants to equip middle and high school teachers with the tools and resources to bring these core ideas to life in the classroom:

  • Climate change causes
  • American Indian contributions to investigating phenomena
  • Energy and engineering solutions

These workshops are for middle school and high school science teachers, curriculum coordinators, district leaders, and administrative staff. If you do not identify as one of these and are interested in attending, please call our office at 612-278-7147.

Workshop Highlights

  • Gain experience with phenomena-based learning and teaching
  • Dig into the new Minnesota science standards
  • Identify progressions of important learning for each benchmark
  • Engage in hands-on activities to support the new science standards

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Climate Justice Workshops

The Zinn Education Project offers a suite of Teach Climate Justice workshops, tailored to the needs of the audience. All of our workshops are participatory and demonstrate exemplary teaching activities. 

These are opportunities for educators in a school, district, or region to gather and collaborate on how to teach students about the most pressing global emergency of our era.

Shorter hour-long, 90-minute, part-day, or full-day workshops are available. The workshop demonstrates key lessons from A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, and features a number of climate justice role plays, mixers, and imaginative writing activities, led by Teach Climate Justice contributors to the Zinn Education Project.

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Webinar: Understanding the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention


When: Friday, August 16, 2019
Where: Online Webinar 
Time:  11:00 AM PT / 2:00PM ET
Cost: Free and open to the public

This Friday, join Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, Executive Director of the US Human for a webinar entitled, “A World of Work Without Violence: Understanding the New ILO Convention the Context of the United States.? The webinar will consist of a facilitated discussion with labor rights leaders on the International Labour Organization’s groundbreaking new convention to end violence at work. Panelists include:

  • Magalí Brosio & Anya Victoria Delgado, Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
  • Cassandra Waters, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  • Sulma Guzmán, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante Inc.
  • Cecilia Leiva & Roushaunda Williams, Unite Here!

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education


When: August 5 – 8, 2019
Time: 9 AM – 4 PM
Where: Washington, DC
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
20 Hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)

Join educators from across the country at Climate Generation’s 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. The Institute will focus on the grades 6-12 teachers in social studies, ELA, political science and environmental studies subjects. Increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change in your classroom.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker — John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and founder of Skeptical Science
  • New resources — including Climate Generation humanities curriculum and book guides
  • Participate in the World Climate Simulation
  • Field trip around Washington D.C. featuring sites in their climate action plan
  • Climate Change Trivia: Denizens Brewing on August 6! Join us for a fun night of trivia, prizes, and great beer

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UPR Webinar – All about stakeholder reporting


When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Where: Online Webinar 
Time:  11:00AM PT / 2:00PM ET
Cost: Free and open to the public

Join the U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN) for their third Webinar Wednesday to answer the questions:

“How can the United Nations system help me
bring justice to my community in the United States?”
“What is a stakeholder report and how do I write one?”

USHRN partners and independent experts Sam Brinton (The Trevor Project) and Sakira Cook (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), will provide for an in depth look at stakeholder reporting for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States.

Sam Brinton is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They currently serve as the Head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. They are the founder of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign at The Trevor Project to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. 

Sakira Cook is director of the justice reform program of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. The Leadership Conference is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The justice reform program works to advance transformative policy solutions that eliminate structural inequity, racism, and injustice at every stage of the justice system – from policing and pretrial justice, to sentencing and incarceration, to reentry. 

This webinar is the third in a series of seven webinars from July through October on the Universal Periodic Review. Each webinar will become gradually more specific and technical, aimed at assisting NGOs and activists with drafting their own stakeholder reports for the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of the United States. Learn more at

If you are not a USHRN member and would like to participate in next week’s webinar, please learn about membership and become a member here. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact Membership Director Sandra Solis:

If you have any questions regarding the Webinar Wednesdays series or the Universal Periodic Review, please contact USHRN Deputy Director Salimah Hankins:

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