Black Lives Matter at School

Mark your calendars! The Black Lives Matter at School week of action will be held from February 4-8, 2019.

Black Lives Matter At School is a national committee of educators organizing for racial justice in education.  BLM at School encourage all educators, parents, students, unions, and community organizations to join the annual week of action during the first week of February each year.

There are many ways to participate in Black Lives Matter at School week. Some educators teach BLM lessons every day of the week, wear their Black Lives Matter At School t-shirt, organize after-school rallies, facilitate their students entering the creative challenge, develop curriculum, post on social media, and rally at the school board meeting. One easy way for everyone to participate is to sign the petition endorsing the week of action

The important thing is that you act in some way to join this movement to bring down the structures of anti-Blackness in education and affirm the lives of Black students in your classroom. 

Email BlackLivesMatterAtSchool If you or your organization would like to support or endorse the week of action.

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Workshop on Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, Engagement Strategies

EVENT DETAILS: 

When: Saturday, February 9th from 10am-4:30pm and Saturday, February 16th from Time: 10am-1:30pm
Where: Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10027
Cost: $400 (reduced rates available for those with significant financial need)

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.

Participants will explore the elements of an effective advocacy strategy, including issue analysis, the development of goals and objectives, and the identification of appropriate targets and tactics; learn how to tailor messages to specific audiences; discuss effective partnerships and how to build coalitions; prepare and receive input on a draft advocacy plan; prepare and participate in role plays to simulate advocacy meetings with policy-makers; discuss relevant case studies of successful campaigns.

Each participant will be encouraged to develop an advocacy plan and role play on an issue of their choosing that is relevant to their work and/or interests.

A certificate of participation will be granted to all those who complete both days of training. Individuals who complete three workshops offered as part of the Human Rights Training Series will receive an ISHR Human Rights Training Series certificate of completion.

Workshop facilitator: Jo Becker, Advocacy Director of the children’s rights division at Human Rights Watch and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.

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FREE Webinar with Shelley Inglis on HRE

Sign up for this FREE webinar with Shelley Inglis, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, University of Dayton.

Date: Monday, January 28
Time: 1 -2 pm EDT.
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
To RSVP  to join, email ucchre@gmail.com
Presenter: Shelley Inglis

Title: Experiential Learning in Human Rights Education

Webinar Description:
The webinar will explore the role of experiential learning in human rights higher education. Principles of experiential learning and specific examples of its application in the context of human rights internationally and nationally from the University of Dayton will be outlined. After a presentation of this emerging methodology and insights from these experiences, the discussion will focus on exchanging approaches, methods and lessons learned from other Universities and contexts.

Shelley Inglis is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center and Research Professor of Human Rights and Law at the University of Dayton. She comes from the United Nations Development Programme where she held various management positions working on peacebuilding, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights and the Sustainable Development Agenda at headquarters in New York and regionally based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Sponsored by the University & College Consortium for Human Rights Education

Humane Education Summit

EVENT DETAILS: 

When: February 5-7, 2019
Where: Virtual 
Cost: FREE

Three days. 27 events. 46 speakers and panelists.

This FEE-FREE virtual speaker series organized by the Humane Education Coalition will bring together education professionals in human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics to learn, share, and network

The summit will feature unique speaker sessions and facilitated discussions from more than 45 humane education experts.  Participants will learn new strategies and tools for introducing, incorporating, and enhancing educational programs, and they’ll discover opportunities for building cross-cultural connections and solving challenges.​

The Humane Education Coalition is currently seeking event sponsors. To be part of this special event to support educators around the world, click here

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Happy Human Rights Day

Today, Monday, December 10th marks the 70th ANNIVERSARY of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A milestone document in the global history of human rights that is as relevant today as it was when drafted seven decades ago.  

Although the UDHR is not in itself legally binding, it has become the procreator of modern international human rights law, providing safeguards – and sometimes lifelines – for thousands of people from all walks of life when national laws fail them. It has parented 16UN human rights treaties that are legally binding, including the twin UN Covenants spanning economic, social and cultural and civil and political rights respectively, plus a host of regional treaties in Africa, the Americas, and Europe.

We now take for granted that such human rights standards can be used to hold our governments to account, but just 70 years ago there were no internationally recognized human rights norms at all. The very fact that the UDHR has stood the test of time is a testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice, and human dignity.

The promise of the UDHR, however, has yet to be fulfilled because, as all advocates know, human rights are not a given but rather require a continuous struggle to get and once that has been achieved to keep. In other words, it is down to us to promote its ethical vision as new forms of nationalism and populism threaten to challenge our world.  

At HRE USA we believe human rights education is key to ensuring a future in which all people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. Please consider supporting HRE-USA by making a tax-deductible contribution on our behalf to our fiscal sponsor, the Center for Transformative Action, a 501(c)3organization. Your donation will allow us to continue to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States.

In honor of the 70th Anniversary and to help everyone celebrate the gift of the UDHR, HRE USA has created this online resource kit. You can also join the international campaign to #Standup4humanrights. 

 HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

 

Celebrate DC’s 10th Anniversary as a Human Rights City

The American Friends Service Committee’s DC Peace and Economic Justice Program and ONE DC are excited to celebrate DC’s 10th Anniversary as a Human Rights City with you on December 14th!  You’re invited to help launch the new DC Human Rights City Alliance in its first call to action for the next 10 years of human rights work. 

Event Details:

Date: December 14, 2018 
Time:
6:00-8:00 PM
Location: ONE DC Black Workers & Wellness Center (BWWC), 2500 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20020

Program:

6:00 pm   Open house with food and drinks
7:00 pm   Speeches by AFSC General Secretary Joyce Ajlouny, ONE DC’s Maurice Cook, and DC Councilmember Mary Cheh
7:30 pm  Human Rights Poetry Performance by Dwayne B. Lawson, aka the Crochet Kingpin and Morgan Butler, better known as Momo the Mermaid. Both poets are local Busboys & Poets performers!

This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. 

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Free Webinar on the ICCPR: International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, December 6
Time: 1pm (EST)
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Join the US Human Rights Network for a discussion on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR} and how Civil society and Indigenous Peoples can engage and contribute to the List of Issues Prior to Reporting, which will form the basis for the U.S. Government s periodic report to the Human Right Committee.  The presentation will last 40 minutes followed by a 20 minute Q & A.

Background: The U.S. has agreed to receive from the UN Human Rights Committee a List of Issues Prior to Reporting, which will form the basis for the U.S. Government’s periodic report to the Committee. The Human Rights Committee was established to monitor the implementation of the ICCPR. U.S. Civil Society organizations and Indigenous Peoples can submit issues in the form of questions or recommendations that can be considered for inclusion within the List of Issues Prior to Reporting. The deadline for submissions is January 14, 2019.

To register, RSVP to rborrero@ushrnetwork.org and you will receive a Webex link via email a few days before the webinar.