News & Updates

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:

>> Learn more about the National Human Rights Cities Alliance

Discover Human Rights Training


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.

>> Learn more and register

Grant Opportunity for SEL Projects

Education First is now seeking applications for teacher-led projects that foster social and emotional learning (SEL) skillsin students in grades PK-12 through the NoVo Foundation Social Emotional Learning Innovation Fund.

Deadline: April 20

They will award up to $5,000 to individual teachers or groups of teachers to implement an innovative project in their classrooms and schools in the 2018-2019 school year. They are also looking for applications from districts and charters to support innovative social and emotional learning in students grades PK-12. They will award up to $25,000 per year for applicants selected for district-level work.

Though all proposals are welcome, Education First is seeking proposals that specifically serve one of the following student populations:

  • Students from indigenous communities
  • New arrivals (such as refugees) or immigrants
  • English learners
  • LGBTQI students

>> Learn more and apply

Teaching Empathy

Check out these two new lessons created by the grand finalists of the Facing History and Ourselves 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants. Today’s world calls for more empathy and these two winners have worked hard to develop approaches that help your students understand empathy and how to consider other points of view that may differ from their own.  Explore them today and see how you can create a more compassionate world with your students.

>>  Download Lessons

Millennium Villages Traveling Education Exhibit

Get on the Bus! Millennium Villages Project Traveling Educational Exhibit is an opportunity to take students on a journey of exploration, education and inspiration – it’s a human rights learning experience. An interactive classroom curriculum​ that highlights the connections between global human rights issues and local community issues, through the lens of poverty.  The in-classroom program is enhanced by a traveling art exhibition in a converted bus that comes to your school.

This program rolls out across the US in September 2018! For more information and to sign up go to Get on the Bus!

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Generation Human Rights, the VII Foundation, and United Photo Industries have come together to bring lesson plans and visual storyteller documentation of the Millennium ​Villages ​Project​ to youth in the US.