Since 2012, more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children were allowed to go to school and work without fear of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On September 5, 2017, President Trump rescinded the program and gave Congress six months to determine the fate of DACA recipients. Human Rights Watch has said, “Trump’s repeal of DACA will expose hundreds of thousands of people to deportation by a cruel and unjust immigration system.”
Moved to protect the human rights of DACA recipients, more than 80 Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) leaders, teachers and guests launched the fall STF campaign at their 2017 Leadership Workshop in Playa Vista, California. Alex Alpharaoh, a DACA recipient and spoken word artist, helped the audience understand the human cost of losing the DACA program by sharing his story of being undocumented in the U.S., the country he has lived in since he was three-months-old, and the only home he knows. Participants discussed the importance of home and asked themselves, “What is our role in Alex’s story?”
To help STF discuss human rights, Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, a Congolese-Iranian human rights lawyer, and Ishmael Beah, a longtime friend of STF who is a best selling author of his memoirs as a boy soldier, led some of the breakout groups.
STFers are organizing plans to bring Alex to as many schools as possible to raise awareness and stand up for the human rights of DACA recipients.
The October 2017 issue of Social Education, published by the National Council for the Social Studies and guest edited Gloria T. Alter, highlights “LGBTQ+ Issues in Social Education.” A human rights perspective underlies the articles, which help teachers to engage in LGBTQ+ curriculum inclusion, incorporate media and children’s literature, meet LGBTQ+ student needs, prevent and respond to bullying, and address legal issues. The issue specifically cites the NCSS Human Rights Education Position Statement and uses human rights to contextualize the topic and notes that NCSS also recently passed a resolution to support the integration of LGBTQ+ content and issues in the social studies curriculum. Both the position statement and resolution are strong arguments for inclusion in social education.
EVENT DETAILS: When: Friday, April 6th, 2018 9:30 – 4:00 pm Where: United Nations Headquarters, First Avenue and 45th Street, New York, NY 10017 Cost: $65
Registration is now open for the 2018 Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Stepping Up to Protect the World’s Children.” This all day conference This all-day conference will shed light on some of the serious challenges faced by children worldwide, has well as by children in our own communities. We will look at what can be and is being done at the UN, by NGOs, by educators and others, including children themselves, to help them overcome and rise above these most difficult circumstances.
Interested in exploring how to advance human rights education across university and college communities? Join this online discussion entitled, “Education for Human Rights: Attitudes, Values and Activism” hosted by the University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE).
EVENT DETAILS: When: Monday, November 13th @10 am EST Topic: Education for Human Rights: Attitudes, Values and Activism
Facing History and Ourselves has a full list of interesting webinars this month. Sign up today to get introduced to new content and teaching strategies and to engage with other educators and Facing History staff.
One of the greatest challenges facing educators today is how to navigate conversations about race in this volatile social and political moment. Central to the conversations are issues of identity, both for educators and their students. This webinar is held in partnership with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).
Facing History recently published a major revision of our seminal case study,Holocaust and Human Behavior. The new edition offers full digital access to a vast array of new scholarship, primary source material, images, videos, and audio never before compiled in a single resource. Join us for a three-part webinar series to learn more about teaching with the new edition!
This webinar will focus on teaching about UNESCO and understanding its mission, its relationship to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the implications of the United States’ decision to withdraw from the organization.
Navigating Difficult Conversations: Gender Identity and the Classroom
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Atrocities, Facing History and Ourselves will offer a webinar introducing our resource:The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War. The same webinar will be run twice, at two different times of the day, in an effort to support educators in different time zones.
Mariana Leal Ferreira of San Francisco State University is the recipient of the award for individual achievement inthe field. Cliff Mayotte will accept the organizational award on behalf of the Voice of Witness Education Program.
Established in 2015 in memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human rights educator, the O’Brien Award honors an individual and an organization that have made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. This year’s awards will be formally made Saturday, November 18 during the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in San Francisco.
On Thursday November 16th, at the HRE USA’s annual reception and awards ceremony, Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA) presented Nancy Flowers with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her decades of dedication, innovation, and mentorship in advancing human rights education in the United States and around the world.
Nancy was surrounded by family, friends and colleagues many of whom shared their own personal stories and thank you messages attesting to the impact Nancy has made on their lives through her human rights work.
Furthermore, in honor of Nancy Flowers, HRE USA established the Flowers Fund. Under her guidance, the fund will be used continue Nancy’s legacy of innovation and mentorship in human rights education.
Please consider contributing today to help us advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education and our ultimate goal of making human rights a reality in each community.
Nancy Flowers is a writer and consultant for human rights education. She has worked to develop Amnesty International’s education program and is a founding member of Human Rights Educators USA, a national human rights education network. As a consultant to governments, nongovernmental organizations, and UN agencies, she has helped establish national and international networks of educators, develop materials, and train activists and professionals in many countries. She is the author and editor of articles and books on human rights education, most recently Towards a Just Society: The Personal Journeys of Human Rights Educators (Minnesota, 2016); Human Rights. YES! Action and Advocacy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2nd Edition, Minnesota, 2013), Acting for Indigenous Rights: Theatre to Change the World (Minnesota, 2013); and Local Action/ Global Change: A Handbook on Women’s Human Rights (2nd edition, Paradigm Press, 2008). She lives in Palo Alto, California.
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
The core values of HRE USA and its partner organizations include transparency and critical thinking skills. We believe that human rights--and human rights education--belong to everyone, and that the full realization of human rights means that access to human rights education materials must never be conditioned upon the subscription to any particular religious faith, ideology, political affiliation, or membership in any particular organization and that any organizational connections should be openly acknowledged.