National Human Rights Cities Alliance

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

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Discover Human Rights Training

EVENT DETAILS:

When: May 3-4
Time: Thursday, 9-4 pm and Friday, 9-4 pm
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Cost: $75

The Discover Human Rights training series by The Advocates for Human Rights provides concrete steps for how organizations and individuals can use the standards, principles, and methods of human rights to combat entrenched poverty, discrimination, and injustice in their community. Participants will analyze situations from their own experiences and evaluate how applying a human rights framework would change their approach to solving problems. Using tools such as organizational assessments, case studies, and implementation models, participants will create an action plan for incorporating human rights in their work.

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March for Our Lives and Human Rights

Everyone has the right to be safe and secure, and live without fear. But in the U.S., gun violence is an epidemic that directly threatens these human rights. Whether you’re walking down the street, in a school or at church no place is truly safe. In fact, 30,000 people are killed with guns each year in the U.S. and 80% of all gun deaths in the world take place in the U.S. (Amnesty International)

According to International Law, the U.S. government has clear and urgent obligations to protect the people living in this country from gun violence. But the U.S. has a patchwork of inconsistent and inadequate federal and state gun control laws and has failed to take all measures necessary to prevent gun violence as evidenced by the most recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida where 17 students were killed.

The lack of legislative action to reduce this man-made epidemic continues to hold our country at gunpoint and prevent us from exercising our human rights. Of course, a key challenge is how to enforce these human rights obligations and that’s where activism ,  like the above youth-led initiatives,  play a critical role. We the people must demand that our elected officials respect, protect and fulfill our human rights — including those of people most impacted by gun violence: youth, women and people of color.

On March 24, the kids and families of March For Our Lives and communities across the nation will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today.

On April 20, a second nationwide school walkout has been planned, which marks 19 years since two teens killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado. Started by a Connecticut student who lives within 30 minutes of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Like the previous walkout, at 10 a.m. students will gather outside, where 17 minutes of silence will honor the victims in Florida.

Stoneman Douglas survivors have also spearheaded initiatives that do not require walking out of school, such as their Vote For Our Lives campaign and #NeverAgain: Pick Up a Pen, which asks students, teachers and concerned citizens to write to lawmakers.

Planning to be part of the national actions on gun violence?  Check out these resources for teachers and students.

The World As It Could Be Institute

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Saturday, March 17th
Time: 9:30 – 4:30 pm
Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th Street, Oakland, CA
Cost: Free. Registration Required.

A day-long Institute by the World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program. Participants will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and how to utilize the UDHR to take positive action to address issues of concern. Modeled after their successful 3-day Institutes, the program will combine fun and meaningful experiences with creative arts to encourage different ways to communicate and express ideas about human rights in our most immediate circles.

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Teaching the World Forum and Urban Teaching Matters Conference

EVENT DETAILS:
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Where: The Academic Building,15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ
Cost: $25

This ​year ​Teaching ​the ​World ​Forum ​is ​partnering ​with ​the ​GSE ​Urban ​Teaching ​Matters ​Conference ​and ​focusing ​on ​issues ​of ​education ​and ​equity ​in ​urban ​education ​and ​global ​education. ​ ​The ​2017-2018 ​academic ​year ​marks ​the ​inauguration ​of ​Rutgers ​GSE’s ​Urban ​and ​Social ​Justice ​Education ​Program, ​designed ​to ​develop ​teachers ​to ​be ​engaged ​in ​and ​committed ​to ​excellence, ​equity ​and ​social ​justice ​in ​their ​teaching ​practice. ​ ​As ​such, ​we ​decided ​to ​link ​our ​two ​conferences ​to ​offer ​exciting ​professional ​development ​opportunities ​aimed ​at ​fostering ​global ​citizenship ​within ​a ​social ​justice ​framework.

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