FREE Human Rights Yes! Training Manuals

Human Rights Educators USA and Gleason Printing have teamed up to help offer two free human rights education training manuals:

Human Rights Yes!: Action and Advocacy on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is a comprehensive human rights curriculum on the rights of persons with disabilities developed by leading experts in the fields of disability rights, international human rights law, human rights education, and grassroots advocacy. Human Rights. Yes! is Topic Book 6 in the Human Rights Education Series published by the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. It draws on the full body of international human rights law, with a focus on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The book utilizes an active learning approach and is intended to serve as a resource for disabled people’s organizations, human rights advocates, national human rights institutions, governmental human rights focal points, and international development and humanitarian assistance organizations.

 These manuals are FREE with the exception of paying the shipping & handling charge.

While shopping, please check out our UDHR posters and our  Human Rights booklets on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Free Course on Use of Deadly Force by Police in the U.S.

Police violence is a human rights crisis. We must step up to protect our communities across the U.S. against excessive use of force.  In order to promote action against police violence in the United States, Amnesty International USA has developed a FREE micro-learning course on the use of deadly force by police in the U.S.  By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define the Use of Force and articulate under which circumstances authorities are allowed to use it
  • Understand how racist and discriminatory ideology has shaped the history of policing in the USA
  • Outline how U.S. police use excessive force and describe how it threatens human rights
  • Take action by organizing and mobilizing your community to support systemic reform of USA policing to end racism and stop human rights violations

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Fund a Voter Registration Drive With a Grant from TT

To help encourage voters to register in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi, TT is offering grants ranging from $500-$2,000 for educators in these states. These funds support school community members and students to host voter registration drives at their schools and in their communities.

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

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Human Rights Learning Lab for Young People

EVENT DETAILS: 
When: Fridays, August 7, 14, 21, 2020 
Time: 12:00 pm PT, 2:00 pm CT, 3:00 pm ET
Length: 75-90 minutes per session
Where: Live Stream
Cost: FREE

Description:
As we shelter in place join Amnesty International for Friday’s in July-August as we explore human rights through interactive learning activities designed for grade levels 3rd-8th.   

Children have often been told that they are the future, that they will solve the world’s problems, innovate solutions, and be “the leaders of tomorrow.” But why does it have to be tomorrow?  

Now, more than ever is the time to speak to young people about universal human rights.  We know children are brave, powerful, and inquisitive.  The human rights learning lab will tailor age-appropriate learning through activities that will focus on: 

  • Introducing basic concepts focused on teaching “what are human rights?”
  • Observing human rights in your community and today’s world
  • Storytelling
  • What you can do!

Participants will receive a “Human Rights Hero Certificate of Recognition” from Amnesty International. For more information please contact jestrada@aiusa.org

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USHRN Human Rights Report

The US Human Rights Network recently released its annual human rights report.  This year’s report takes an entirely new form from previous years, spotlighting nearly a dozen member organizations and members from the communities they serve. The report strives to bridge the gap between the human rights framework and the lived reality of people directly impacted by human rights violations. By focusing on the voices of their members, the report serves as a platform for them to tell their stories. 

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Teach and Demand Justice for George Floyd

The horrifying and senseless death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has thrown the State of Minnesota and the entire country into a state of grief and turmoil.

It’s yet another example of the racism that black, brown and indigenous peoples in the United States live with every day. It’s also an opportunity for us to join together and rewrite the rules so everyone, with no exceptions, can thrive without fear, care for their families, have their voices heard, and their rights respected.

As Pedro Noguera wrote, “Educators. This is a teachable moment. Don’t be afraid to teach about the meaning of justice and the murder of George Floyd by the police. Our students are watching.”

Here are some things you can do.

Anti-Racism Teaching Resources:

Organizations/funds to donate to:

Actions to take:

Congress Needs To Do More To Address The Coronavirus Crisis

Close the Homework Gap

More money is needed for the Education Stabilization Fund to help fill state budget gaps so students don’t suffer and educators aren’t laid off. Congress should increase funding for the E-Rate program by at least $2 billion to help close the “homework gap” experienced by students who don’t have access to the internet at home.

Tell Congress to Include Student Debt Cancellation in COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on the health and economic security of families and individuals. As Congress considers additional legislation to help the millions who are suffering, measures to ease the burden of our nation’s 45 million student loan borrowers should be included. The average educator begins a career with about $35,000 in student loan debt. The Student Debt Emergency Relief Act (H.R. 6363), introduced by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), would cancel at least $30,000 in outstanding student loan debt, boosting consumer spending and reducing the financial strain on educators and other borrowers.

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Join the Human Rights Movement

HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

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 today by becoming a member and joining the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the country who are united in the common mission to promote human dignity, justice, and peace through human rights education (HRE) within the United States.

Your tax-deductible annual membership contribution enables us to advocate for and further develop programming that supports human rights education across the United States. As an individual or organizational member, you have access to exclusive benefits including a FREE HRE Resource Pack, discounts, webinars, professional development, and more. 

Join today and receive an extra two months of membership for free!  

EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO KNOW THEIR RIGHTS.

Already a member? Consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help us ensure that everyone has the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and values to fully exercise and protect the human rights of themselves and others.

We cannot do this work without YOU!

Thank you for all that you do to support human rights education and on behalf of everyone here at HRE USA, HAPPY HUMAN RIGHTS DAY!

HRE USA Honors Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Human Rights Educators USA honors Human Right Watch’s LA-based Student Task Force (STF) with a special Youth Engagement Recognition. The youth leadership-training program, which engages high school students and educators from the Los Angeles area and empowers them to advocate for human rights issues, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Human Rights Educators USA (HRE USA), a national network promoting human rights education in the United States, makes this award in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. HRE USA recognizes STF’s leadership in the promotion of children’s rights and its youth activism locally, nationally, and internationally. As STF Founder and Executive Director Pam Bruns said, “This recognition will mean so much to our teachers and students. It is a strong affirmation of our mission and the dedicated work by our LA youth.”

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