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Apply to Join Teaching Hard History Professional Learning Cohorts!

Learning for Justice created a new professional learning opportunity for educators: Teaching Hard History Professional Learning Cohorts. The inaugural cohorts will engage with their Teaching Hard History: American Slavery framework and learn how to use it to enrich their lessons on American enslavement, build students’ civic engagement and critical thinking, and deepen their mindsets around inclusion and empathy. Applications are open to K-12 teachers in the U.S., with preference given to those teaching in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana or Mississippi. The deadline to apply is December 3, 2021.

Do you know your rights when it comes to Peaceful Assembly?

Produced by CIVICUS and VUKA!, the Know Your Rights guide answers over 20 common questions on which activities related to peaceful protests are protected under international law. It covers important issues such as legal policing practices, accountability mechanisms for violations, as well as practical information on equipment and location considerations for peaceful assemblies.

This guide is available in four languages: English, Spanish, French, Arabic

The Neutral Ground Streaming Free in November

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The Neutral Ground, a documentary on the fight over Confederate monuments and the Lost Cause narrative, streams free on for the month of November.
Director C. J. Hunt, a former middle school teacher and a comedian on The Daily Show, made the film teachable and engaging for grades 7+.
In 2015, Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four Confederate monuments. But when that removal was halted by death threats, Hunt set out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in the United States.

A review in The Grio notes, Harrowing, smart, and bitterly funny, Hunt’s documentary The Neutral Ground confronts the Lost Cause — the Southern campaign that mythified the Confederacy — with refreshing clarity. With New Orleans as the main backdrop of the story, the film expands its scope to the country at large, bringing to light the fabricated histories born out of the Civil War and the hard truths much of America has yet to face about slavery. Throughout, Hunt’s radical openness leads to staggering, often personal conversations with advocates and opponents of Confederate monuments alike.

Hunt will make selected classroom visits. Fill out this form to request a visit. For more information, visit Neutral Ground.

Hotel Rwanda: Online Film Discussion with Carine Kanimba

Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time | GMT -6:00
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE and open to the public


Where to watch: Amazon, Apple TV, Vudu. YouTube

** Please watch the film on your own, before the event, and join us for the discussion. We will not show the movie at the event.

Description: In 1994 a hotel manager in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, saved the lives of his family and more than 1,200 Tutsi and Hutu refugees by providing them with shelter in the Hotel des Mille Collines, while the country experienced one of its darkest days with civil war erupting and more than one million people dying in the genocide.

Paul and his family moved to Belgium. In August 2020 Paul was lured and kidnapped from his home in San Antonio Texas, through Dubai and then on to Rwanda, where he was imprisoned, tortured, and held in solitary confinement for over 250 days, without access to his lawyers. He faced a trial, which according to Amnesty International “was marred by numerous violations of his fair trial”, and on September 20, 2021 was sentenced to 25 years on terrorist charges.

For more information and updates visit “Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation” website. Five ways you can take action here.

Guest Speakers: Carine Kanimba and Prof. Brian Endless, PhD

When Carine Kanimba is not fighting for the freedom and justice of her father Paul Rusesabagina, she works in Finance to pursue knowledge and opportunity in the name of giving it back to the most vulnerable populations in the world in the sector of impact investing. Her dedication to international development is personal, having fled Rwanda as a child during the horrific genocide and multiple assassinations attempts on her family. Carine is a graduate of Northwestern University and went on to receive a Masters in Law and Economics from Aix-Marseille University, Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands, and University of Bologna. Carine is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Kinyarwanda, a demonstration of her appetite for connecting with people across the globe. 

Professor Brian Endless, PhD, is the Director of African Studies and the African Diaspora at Loyola University Chicago, where he also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. He is also President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation (HRRF), working on post-conflict truth, reconciliation and peace issues in the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. He founded and serves as the President of the Board of American Model
United Nations (AMUN) International in Chicago.

Watch Carine Kanimba on TEDx Talks in Portland here:

The Launch of Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Minneapolis

The event will take place on Zoom, on November 19, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, to celebrate the launch of Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Minneapolis. The United States is the only United Nations member nation that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, but Minneapolis is on its way to becoming one of the first CFCI cities in the U.S.

This CFCI Launch Event will introduce what CFCI is, bring people together, and give us a chance to discuss what CFCI work might look like for you. The event is free and we hope you’ll ask your friends to register for the Zoom event. 

There will be speakers from UNICEF, The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Health, the business community, and more. All city bridges will be lit cyan blue in commemoration of the World Children’s Day.  Please register HERE

Revisiting the past: human rights education and epistemic justice

Rebecca Adami, Stockholm University, Sweden

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

10:30 am – 11:30 am, CST

In this webinar, Rebecca Adami invites us to look afresh at history and at the historical narratives surrounding the founding of the United Nations and the modern human rights project. She highlights a colonial historical trajectory of human rights that rests on accounts of western agency, with scholarship and teaching leading many to assume that the human rights project is exclusively western in its origins.