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MARCH 2020
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

Webinar: Introduction to HRE USA

When: Monday, March 9
Time:  8 pm – 9 pm
Where: Zoom Webinar
Cost: FREE


Want to know more about us and what we do?  Come join us and learn all about member involvement in the HRE USA network.

>> Learn more and get call-in information


  Intro to HRE USA Webinar


  US vs. Hate


• Student Advocacy for CRC


  Voting Rights Toolkit
•  HRW 2020 World Report


•  Educator Grants
  Teach 15th Amendment


  Womxn's Gathering
  NYCoRE's Annual Conference
  SNCC Conference
  American History Conference
  Teaching for Change Institute
  Climate Education Institute

Take Part in the US vs. HATE Challenge

#USvsHate is a program led by young people and the educators who work with them, and its goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to stand up against bigotry and create safe and welcoming schools for all.

It’s easy to participate in #USvsHate. All classes need to do is…

  • learn about bigotry (the program’s robust anti-bias resource bank will help you find the right lessons for your students); 
  • create anti-hate messages (to post in your schools and communities); and 
  • share them with the #USvsHate team.

Educators can submit up to three student entries for the national #USvsHate challenge by March 20, 2020. Select messages will be amplified on Teaching Tolerance’s social media, and winning entries will be reproduced and distributed to all participating classrooms nationwide!

>> Learn more and participate

Students Advocate for the Adoption of the CRC by their City Council 

By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Culver City STFers celebrate Culver City City Council's adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with a unanimous vote on the resolution. Photo by Cleo Carpantier

On January 27th, 2020, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) leaders from Culver City High School went to Culver City City Hall to advocate for the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The STF members argued that the Council members should endorse the CRC at a local level to ensure children’s rights within the city, provide a framework for future city policies dealing with children, and serve as a model for ratification of the passage on a broader scale.

Vice-mayor Göran Eriksson expressed his dismay at the federal government’s unique inaction on international human right treaties and offered to help the STFers get in contact with their senators. Councilmember Alex Fisch told the attendees to hold the city accountable for acting in line with its provisions and that he “[looked] forward to voting yes”. Councilmember Daniel Lee commended the students’ activism in the area and thanked them for educating the Council about the CRC.

After those remarks, it was time to vote. Perhaps unsurprisingly, yet still excitingly, the measure to adopt the CRC in Culver City passed unanimously! The HRW STF members’ hours of research, correspondence, speech-writing, and dedication to basic human rights had paid off.

HRW STF looks forward to continuing to advocate for human rights by expanding the reach of the CRC, as well as working on other campaigns surrounding youth experiencing homelessness, climate change, and genocide awareness and prevention.

>> Learn more
>> Download the 30th Anniversary of the CRC Toolkit

Toolkit for Voting Rights Activists

The national racial justice organization Color of Change is offering a free Toolkit for Voting Rights Activists as part of the campaign to teach about voting rights in this 150th anniversary year of the 15th Amendment. The toolkit is designed to help students learn about the current state of voting rights and to take action.

>> Download full toolkit

Human Rights Watch 2020 World Report

World Report 2020 is Human Rights Watch’s 30th annual review of human rights practices around the globe. The 652-page volume reviews human rights practices and trends in nearly 100 countries.

According to Human Rights Blog, the section on human rights in the United States, "reads as an indictment of our nation's current policy directions and basic commitment to fundamental values."  Here are the first two paragraphs of the report:

"In 2019, the United States continued to move backwards on rights. The Trump administration rolled out inhumane immigration policies and promoted false narratives that perpetuate racism and discrimination; did not do nearly enough to address mass incarceration; undermined the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people; further weakened the ability of Americans to obtain adequate health care, and deregulated industries that put people’s health and safety at risk.

In its foreign policy, the Trump administration made little use of its diminishing leverage to promote human rights abroad; continued to undermine multilateral institutions; and flouted international human rights and humanitarian law as it partnered with abusive governments—though it did sanction some individuals and governments for committing human rights abuses."

>> Read U.S. Section of World Report
>> Download full 2020 World Report

SEL grant opportunities from Education First and the NoVo Foundation

Education First, in partnership with the NoVo Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors are seeking applications from school-based educators (teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school staff) and district-level staff for initiatives that will foster social and emotional learning skills in students in grades PK-12 during the 2020-2021 school year. They will award up to $7,000 to school-based educators for classroom and/or school SEL initiatives, and up to $25,000 for district-level initiatives. This year they are also considering some two-year grants.  

Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020

 >> Learn more and apply

Mini-Grants to Teach the 15th Amendment & the Struggle for Voting Rights

The Zinn Education Project is offering teachers and other school staff mini-grants to help students learn about and commemorate the 15th Amendment.

$100 for individual classroom projects and $250 for school-wide projects or events. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis through 2020. 

To be considered for a mini-grant, submit a short application that includes a description of how you plan to commemorate the 15th Amendment anniversary in your school. We ask that you also commit to reporting back with a summary of your activities and photos.

>> Learn more and apply

New Lessons on Voting Rights

Also, check out the Zinn Education Project's new three-lesson unit on voting rights by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca that provides essential historical context for the contemporary struggle against voter suppression and for voting rights in the United States.

>> Download Unit


When: Saturday, March 7
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: Puente Human Rights Movement, 1937 W Adams St,
Phoenix, AZ

Cost: $15-$50

Grassroots organizations Puente Human Rights Movement, Indigenous Peoples Day Arizona, and the US Human Rights Network are coming together with fellow activists, thought leaders, and healers to present the first WOMXN’S GATHERING//MUJERXS ENCUENTRO//U’UVĬ JENIG (collective gathering) in March 2020, on the theme “Reclaiming the Matriarch” in Phoenix, Arizona. Our collective gathering reveres womanhood and matriarchal power as the way forward on the path to decolonization. 

>> Learn more and register

Freedom Dreams: NYCoRE's 9th Annual Conference

When: Saturday, March 21
Time: 8:45 am - 8:00 pm
Where: The James Baldwin School, New York, NY

Cost: $30-$200 (sliding scale)

The New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) conference is designed as a space for educators to "freedom dream as a way of healing ourselves, our schools, and our communities while living in a world that currently feels so broken." The NYCoRE conference is held every other year.
>> Learn more and register

SNCC 60th Anniversary Conference

When: Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18
Tim: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC 

Cost: $100-$250

Sixty years ago, young activists gathered at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina to begin planning their generation’s obligation to continue a struggle begun long before they were born: the Freedom and Empowerment of Black people. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was born out of this gathering. SNCC was then the only youth-led national civil rights organization. Now, at this important time in our history, we invite you to join us on April 16 -19, 2020 as we gather in Washington, DC to carry this struggle forward.

>> Learn more and register

Organization of American Historians Conference on American History


When: April 2-5, 2020
Where: Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, D.C.

Cost: $10-$240 sliding scale (early-bird deadline: March 25)

For centuries now, questions of “equality” and “inequality” have informed American politics and culture, and also appeared repeatedly in the histories we write, exhibit, and teach. How have the meanings of equality and inequality changed over time? The 2020 Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting will address the theme of (In)Equalities in our past and present. 

>> Learn more and register

Teaching For Change Summer Principal Institutes

When: Session 1: June 30-July 2, Session 2: July 8-10, Session 3: July 22-24
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Washington, D.C. 
Cost: $400

The Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer Institutes will prepare principals, assistant principals, and senior school-based administrators to apply an asset-based lens to family engagement that is grounded in popular education, community organizing, racial equity, and family engagement research.

The principal institutes are also the exclusive opportunity for school leaders to receive training in Teaching for Change’s approach to monthly Parent-Principal Chats, and to receive a copy of the Parent-Principal Chats Manual (Teaching for Change, 2019).  Topics will include:

  • Racism, Classism, and Equity Literacy: Building Context for Families’ Experiences with School
  • Building Relationships and Meeting Families Where They Are
  • Connecting Family Engagement to Academic Success
  • Community Organizing Lessons for Administrators
  • Learning and Applying the Research on Equity and High Impact Family Engagement

Deadline: April 15, 2020

>> Learn more and register

Summer Institute on Climate Education

When: July 22-24, 2020
Where: Hamline University in St. Paul, MN
Cost: $200 (scholarships available)

Registration is open for Climate Generation's 15th annual Summer Institute to be held at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN on July 22-24, 2020. Educators from all backgrounds and subjects are invited to attend and learn new tools, skills, and resources to teach climate in science, social studies, ELA, environmental studies, geography, art, math, and more!. 20 hours of continuing education and optional graduate credit. Multi-disciplinary school teams are encouraged to attend with a $50 discount for each participant.

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Educators USA is a national network that strives to promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education in the United States.   >> Learn more 
HRE USA is a project of the Center for Transformative Action
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