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JULY 2019
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.

July 23 - Vote for New Steering Committee Members

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  On Tuesday, July 23rd  HRE USA members will receive their 2019 Ballot to vote for two new members of the HRE USA Steering Committee - the governing body of HRE USA, overseeing strategy, direction and policy.  Learn more about the committee and its current members here.  Happy Voting!

Join an HRE USA Committee

All members of HRE USA are welcome to join any of HRE USA’s organizing committees and working groups. Committee work includes a broad range of opportunities including helping to organize HRE-related members events, curating the Human Rights Education Library, administering awards and grants, advocating for human rights in state social studies standards, and more. 

Find out which committee best suits your interests here.  For further questions, contact Emily Farell


  Steering Committee Ballot
  Join our work
  US Human Rights Record


  Keep Families Together


   HR Friendly Schools Course
   SIMA Classroom Giveaway


  Teaching Tolerance Grants
  Resist Foundation Grants
  MA in Human Rights
  Free Human Rights MOOCs
  Your Opinion Matters


  Fully Human


  UPR Process Webinars 
  UPR Cities Webinars
  Housing Justice Conference
  Climate Change Ed. Institute
  HRE Institute
  Teaching Tolerance Workshops

U.S. Falling Behind in Protecting a Range of Human Rights

By Human Rights at Home Blog

A new report from the ambitious Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) shows just how far behind the U.S. is internationally among its peers in protecting human rights.  According to HRMI data, many people in the U.S. lack civil and political rights, and many people are not safe from arbitrary arrests or extrajudicial killings.  The U.S. also falls significantly short in ensuring economic and social rights commensurate with the nation's resources.

The HRMI is hosted by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, a non-profit research institute based in New Zealand, ranked in the top ten economic think-tanks worldwide.

The recently-released report was prepared in close collaboration with a number of academic organizations, and a range of NGOs working worldwide to advance human rights. 

The initial 2019 data set

  • Annual data on five economic and social rights for 120 to 180 countries (depending on the right) from 2006 to 2016.
  • Data on seven civil and political rights for 19 countries for the two years 2017 and 2018.

HRMI will be building out this work with more data in the coming months and years.

>> Read report

Keep Families Together and Support Alternatives to Detention

The administration has announced plans to capture and deport thousands of undocumented immigrants all across America. Though the raids have been delayed—for now—the safety, health, and well-being of immigrant children and families continues to be threatened. More than 160 national and state organizations, including NEA, have endorsed two bills to help keep immigrant children and families safe—and together. 

Send an email urging your representative in the House to cosponsor the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3451) and the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 3452).

>> Take action

The Alternatives to Detention Act recognizes that asylum seekers, migrant children and families, and other vulnerable groups should not be in dangerous, overcrowded mass detention centers. Instead, they should be treated with dignity and await the outcome of their immigration cases in settings like community-based supervision and support. 

Email your members of Congress and tell them to cosponsor and support the Alternatives to Detention Act.

>> Take action

Human Rights Friendly School Course by Amnesty International

Discover pathways to making your school more human rights friendly with this online course by the world’s largest non-governmental human rights organization, Amnesty International. The self-paced course takes approximately three weeks to complete and is available in English. 
What you'll learn
  • Ways to explain the importance of fostering a school environment that is human rights friendly
  • How to assess the human rights friendliness of your own school environment
  • Practical steps you can take to make your school more human rights friendly
  • How to design initiatives for advancing knowledge of and respect for human rights in your school
  • How to advocate for a whole-school approach to strengthening a culture of human rights in your school
  • How to apply strategies for gaining supporters inside and outside your school
While the course contents are available for free, you can opt-in for a verified certificate issued and signed by Amnesty International’s Secretary-General for an additional fee of $49.

>>  Learn more and register

SIMA Classroom - Global Goals ED Giveaway

“SIMA films touched the souls of our students. They give an edge to every classroom,
pushing student engagement to the next level.” 

- Timea Varga, Instructor, Lynn University

Win a lifetime subscription to SIMA Classroom!
We are awarding educators advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
#TeachSDGs     #GlobalGoals     #Agenda2030


>> Learn more about SIMA Classroom

Teaching Tolerance Grants

Teaching Tolerance Educator Grants support educators who embrace and embed anti-bias principles throughout their schools. These grants, ranging from $500-$10,000, support projects that promote affirming school climates and educate youth to thrive in a diverse democracy. The grants fund projects on three levels: school, classroom, and district. 

>> Learn more and apply

Resist Foundation Grants

The Resist Foundation is seeking applications for its Grant Program to support people’s movements for justice and liberation. The Foundation redistributes resources back to frontline communities at the forefront of change while amplifying their stories of building a better world. In order to be eligible organizations must:
  • have an organizational budget under $150,000 per year
  • be based in the United States
  • be led by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression
  • be an organization with 501(c)3 status as determined by the IRS, be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency or be sponsored
Deadline: September 7, 2019

>>  Learn more and apply

Fully Human - Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights

Lindsey N. Kingston’s new book, Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019) interrogates the idea of citizenship itself, what it means, how it works, how it is applied and understood, and where there are clear gaps in that application. This is a wide-ranging, rigorously researched examination of citizenship, statelessness, and human movement. And it is vitally relevant to contemporary discussions of immigration, supranationalism, understandings of national borders, and concepts of belonging. Not only does Kingston delve into theoretical concepts of citizenship and statelessness, she also integrates analyses of various kinds of hierarchies of personhood in context of these broader issues. The research also includes explorations of nomadic people, indigenous nations, and “second class” citizens in the United States within this theoretical framework of citizenship and statelessness. This careful and broad analysis defines the novel idea of ‘functional citizenship’, which is both theoretical and practical in considering citizenship and statelessness in our modern world. Fully Human focuses on the promises and protections that are outlined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unpacking the protection gaps and difficulties that have become clearer and more acute in this era of globalization and security concerns, and highlighting some of the key problems with the current human rights regimes that are in place.

>>  Learn more and purchase

Hold the US Accountable to its Human Rights Obligations

In May 2020, the United States will undergo a “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) of its domestic human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR is an exciting and tangible advocacy opportunity for US-based NGOs to engage the UN on strengthening human rights in the United States. The UN UPR Working Group will review the United States in April-May 2020. 

Final stakeholder reports by NGOs on the human rights records of the US are due at the end of September 2019. The US Human Rights Network is facilitating issue-based working groups who will draft and submit stakeholder reports to USHRN by September 20, 2019. 

Join the USHRN webinars to find out more about the process and the opportunity to hold the US. government accountable to its human rights obligations. 

Save the Date! Upcoming Webinars (11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT)

  • July 24: Webinar #2 - What is the UPR? We will go more in detail about the UPR process and the function of Working Groups, getting into the nitty-gritty technicalities.
  • August 7: Webinar #3 - What is stakeholder reporting? A session devoted to walking you through the process of writing stakeholder reports. 
  • August 21: Webinar #4 - Thematic/issue-based approach to stakeholder reporting, with special guests who have experience engaging with the United Nations around their issue.
  • September 4: Webinar #5 - Thematic/issue-based approach to stakeholder reporting, with special guests who have experience engaging with the United Nations around their issue.
  • September 18: Webinar #6 - A full hour dedicated to your questions on stakeholder reporting, just ahead of the submission deadline.
  • October 16: Webinar #7 - After you have submitted your stakeholder report, it’s time to talk about going to Geneva and engagement with the U.S. government. Join us for an introduction to engaging at the UPR Working Group review of the United States in 2020.

>> Learn more   

UPR Cities Project – Webinars

As the US government works to roll back our human rights protections, it is more important than ever that we mobilize a human rights constituency to defend human rights for all residents. The US will appear in front of the “World Court of Human Rights” at the United Nations and we need your help to build a case and engage international allies in strengthening our work for human rights in communities around our country.

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights review processes and build a national cities stakeholder report. The UPR Cities website & upcoming webinars provide tools for organizers to help residents learn more about the Universal Periodic Review of the United States and how we can use international reports to facilitate local policy changes.
(All webinars are at 6:00 PM Eastern time/3:00 PM Pacific)

  • Thursday, July 25- Strategies for UPR Cities & the 3 Cs
  • Thursday, August 29-Sample recommendations

To register for upcoming webinars, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to

>> Learn more

Housing Justice Conference


When: August 2-3, 2019
Where: CUNY Law School, NYC
Cost: Free and open to the public

Affordable for Whom? 
Organizing and Development Strategies for Housing Justice

As cities across the country struggle with rising housing costs and displacement, public recognition of the need for affordable housing is increasing. At the same time, organizers and activists–led by working-class people of color–are proposing bold, community-controlled solutions, and keeping a key question at the forefront: “Affordable for whom?” 

Coalitions of activists, practitioners, and academics around the country have successfully created deep affordability–even in expensive land markets–through community land trusts, cooperatives, mutual housing associations, tenant associations, and much more. 

Affordable For Whom? is a two-day convening focused on the development and preservation of housing that is permanently affordable. Featuring presenters from California to the Deep South to the Northeast, all working to build a national movement to transform our relationship to land and housing. Conference activities will include panel discussions, popular education activities, and strategy and planning sessions related to four interrelated elements of deeply, permanently affordable housing:

  • Innovative models of community-controlled land and housing
  • Stewardship practices that support permanent affordability
  • Creative financing and funding for deeply affordable housing
  • Public policies determined by community priorities

>> See conference program
>> Register

Conference Organizers:  CUNY Law School, NESRI, Picture the Homeless; Right to the City Alliance; New York City Community Land Initiative (NYCCLI) 

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education



When: August 5 - 8, 2019
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Where: Washington, DC
Cost: $150 (scholarships available)
20 Hours of Continuing Education
2 Graduate Credits (optional)

Join educators from across the country at Climate Generation's 14th annual Summer Institute for Climate Change Education. The Institute will focus on the grades 6-12 teachers in social studies, ELA, political science and environmental studies subjects. Increase your confidence and competence in teaching climate change in your classroom.  Highlights include:

  • Keynote Speaker — John Cook, Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, and founder of Skeptical Science
  • New resources — including Climate Generation humanities curriculum and book guides
  • Participate in the World Climate Simulation
  • Field trip around Washington D.C. featuring sites in their climate action plan
  • Climate Change Trivia: Denizens Brewing on August 6! Join us for a fun night of trivia, prizes, and great beer

>> Learn more and Register

Human Rights Education Institute: Human Rights as a Transformative Vision

When: Mon-Fri, August 5-16, 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: University of San Francisco, CA
Cost: FREE – registration required

Human Rights as a Transformative Vision is a two-week institute on Human Rights Education for classroom educators (6-12), museum practitioners, non-profit, non-governmental organization and public service providers. This workshop is ideal for anyone working in public spaces with access to engage community members around issues of human rights. This Institute attempts to highlight structural inequity and the intersections of class, race and gender in order to build equitable public spaces that support dignity, human rights and peace for all.

During the two-week institute, participants will be introduced to concepts of international human rights (with a strong focus on economic & social rights with links to current social movements working on these issues) and the history of human rights mechanisms as well as organizations/curricular resources and effective pedagogical approaches for human rights education. Partnerships with organizations such as the World As It Could BeVoice of WitnessThe Representation Project, and others will be utilized to bring an expansive vision of how organizations are incorporating human rights into their programming and work.

A stipend of $250 will be provided for completion of the two-week institute. Another $250 stipend will be offered upon the completion of your proposed action project. Continuing Education Credits of up to 4 credits available.

Scholarships for airfare and housing are available on a needs basis.

>> Learn more and register

Teaching Tolerance Workshops

August 16, 2019  | Social Justice Teaching 101
August 17, 2019 | Facilitating Critical Conversations
Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

September 13, 2019 | Social Justice Teaching 101
September 14, 2019 | Facilitating Critical Conversations
Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe
4400 South Rural Road

Tempe, AZ 85282

Teaching Tolerance is offering the following day-long workshops in Boston and Phoenix:

  • Social Justice Teaching 101— learn how to effectively implement culturally responsive instruction in your classroom.
  • Facilitating Critical Conversations— learn how to talk openly about the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of social inequality and discrimination.

These workshops are ideal for educators working in K–12 classrooms or schools of education, administrators and those who work with or coach them. Join us for one or both! The cost of each workshop is $35. It covers workshop materials, coffee, lunch and a certificate of completion for credit hours. Group rates are available. Space is limited. 

>> 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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