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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2019 Steering Committee Nominations

Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself!

Brief biographies of current Steering Committee members can be viewed here. A ballot will be sent to all HRE USA members in July.

Elected Steering Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning in August 2019.


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell

Housing Justice Conference


When: August 2-3, 2019
Where: CUNY Law School, NYC
Cost: Free and open to the public
Theme: Affordable for Whom? Organizing and Development Strategies for Housing Justice

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>> Register

As cities across the country struggle with rising housing costs and displacement, public recognition of the need for affordable housing is increasing. At the same time, organizers and activists–led by working-class people of color–are proposing bold, community-controlled solutions, and keeping a key question at the forefront: “Affordable for whom?” 

Coalitions of activists, practitioners, and academics around the country have successfully created deep affordability–even in expensive land markets–through community land trusts, cooperatives, mutual housing associations, tenant associations, and much more. 

Affordable For Whom? is a two-day convening focused on the development and preservation of housing that is permanently affordable. Featuring presenters from California to the Deep South to the Northeast, all working to build a national movement to transform our relationship to land and housing. Conference activities will include panel discussions, popular education activities, and strategy and planning sessions related to four interrelated elements of deeply, permanently affordable housing:

  • Innovative models of community-controlled land and housing
  • Stewardship practices that support permanent affordability
  • Creative financing and funding for deeply affordable housing
  • Public policies determined by community priorities

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>> Register

Conference Organizers:  CUNY Law School, NESRI, Picture the Homeless; Right to the City Alliance; New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI) 

Teaching Tolerance Workshops

Teaching Tolerance is offering the following day-long workshops in Boston and Phoenix:

  • Social Justice Teaching 101— learn how to effectively implement culturally responsive instruction in your classroom.
  • Facilitating Critical Conversations— learn how to talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination.

These workshops are ideal for educators working in K–12 classrooms or schools of education, administrators and those who work with or coach them. Join us for one or both! The cost of each workshop is $35. It covers workshop materials, coffee, lunch and a certificate of completion for credit hours. Group rates are available. Space is limited. 

August 16, 2019  | Social Justice Teaching 101 
August 17, 2019 | Facilitating Critical Conversations
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

September 13, 2019 | Social Justice Teaching 101
September 14, 2019 | Facilitating Critical Conversations
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe
4400 South Rural Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

UPR Webinar – Why should I internationalize my issue?


When: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Where: Online Webinar
Time:  3:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM PT 
Cost: Free and open to the public

Please register for the call here.

The U.S. Human Rights Network is hosting an introductory webinar on how to use the Universal Periodic Review to amplify your issue and advocate for justice. The webinar will answer the questions:

  • “How can I hold the government accountable for its flagrant violations of human rights?”
  • “How does the human rights framework relate to my issue?”
  • “Why should I internationalize my issue?”
  • “Why should I engage with the United Nations?”
  • “What is the Universal Periodic Review?”
  • “How can I get involved with the Universal Periodic Review?”

USHRN Deputy Director Salimah Hankins and independent expert Joshua Cooper will offer an introduction to the human rights framework, international mechanisms, and the Universal Periodic Review. 

This webinar is the first in a series of six webinars from July through September 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. 

The July 10th webinar is open to the public including non-members. 

Click to watch a short video of Malcolm X discussing the value of the
human rights framework and the internationalization of issues.

“There are many of our people who are thinking more deeply and more broadly, and are beginning to see the importance of lifting [our issues] out of the national or domestic context, beyond the jurisdiction of the United States government. The only way this can be done is by internationalizing the problem and putting it at a level where it can be taken into the United Nations. Then, all of the other independent nations on this earth can involve themselves in our struggle and support us.” – Malcom X

Click here to view information about the call on the USHRN calendar.

UPR Cities Project – Webinars

As the US government works to roll back our human rights protections, it is more important than ever that we mobilize a human rights constituency to defend human rights for all residents. The US will appear in front of the “World Court of Human Rights” at the United Nations and we need your help to build a case and engage international allies in strengthening our work for human rights in communities around our country.

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights review processes and build a national cities stakeholder report. The UPR Cities website & upcoming webinars provide tools for organizers to help residents learn more about the Universal Periodic Review of the United States and how we can use international reports to facilitate local policy changes.
(All webinars are at 6:00 PM Eastern time/3:00 PM Pacific)

Wednesday, June 26Using International Mechanisms to Collect,
Compile, and Clamor
Thursday, July 25Strategies for UPR Cities & the 3 Cs
Thursday, August 29Sample Recommendations

If you missed it, you can watch Webinar #1 here: “Introduction to UPR Cities” webinar (36 minutes)

To register for upcoming webinars, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to

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