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September 2017
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.
Getting HRE into the Curriculum: NJ Teachers Make it Happen

How do teachers bring human rights into an increasingly restricted curriculum? 

HRE USA’s latest Human Rights Here and Now Bulletin will help you answer this question.  The publication features guest editors Jessica Mintz and John Terry, who were part of a special team of New Jersey educators that developed a collection of adaptable and accessible model lessons that support the integration of HRE into their state's curriculum.  

>> Download Bulletin
NJ HRE Integration Team members John Terry, Mariel Waters, Jessica Mintz, and Anna Major presenting at the 2015 NCSS national conference.
  HR Here and Now Bulletin
  Meet Marissa 


  ARTE Social Justice Workshops
  Student Upstanders Needed
  Board Members Needed


  Stop Repeating History


  Children as HR Activists
  Impact of Natural Disasters


  Teaching HRE Workshop
  John Brown Day
  Thematic Discussion in Higher Ed
  NCSS Conference
  Int'l HRE Conference

Meet Our Newest Board Member

Interview by Nancy Flowers

Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario is the Founder and Executive Director of ARTE and newly elected HRE USA Steering Committee member.

Marissa grew up in a in a small city in southern California that was half Hispanic / Latino.  Early on in this community, Marissa demonstrated an interest in politics, as from first grade onwards she was involved in student government. Later on as a college major in international relations and political science at the University of Southern California, she was active in campus organizing and spent a half-year internship in Mexico City documenting labor rights abuses through United Students Against Sweatshops.

This life-changing experience moved human rights from academic abstractions to direct actions: “The stakes were not the same. I saw the workers were organizing for their lives and the lives of their families. When they went on strike, they didn’t eat. It was a choice for me but not for them.” As well as a changed perspective, this work resulted in a co-authored report and film documentary on labor rights. Later Marissa spent another half year in New Delhi working on minority rights in India at the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Center.  ...  

>> Read Full Interview

ARTE Social Justice Workshops

Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE) is offering innovative, educational social justice workshops for both youth and adults. ARTE focuses on the intersection of human rights with art, design, and technology. Workshops themes include:
  • Art as a tool for social justice
  • Human rights education for youth
  • Using the arts to realize your social justice passion
  • Making human rights change through art and design
ARTE will work with you to explore how to best serve your community’s needs and customize a workshop that will best support your own grassroots organizing. ARTE seeks to build critical partnerships that will allow them to collaboratively make meaningful and sustainable human rights change.

Workshops range from 60 minutes to full day-long workshops. Please contact Marissa Gutierrez for more information. You may also fill out our workshop request form. While based in New York City, ARTE can also visit cities outside of their home base. 

>> Learn more
>> Workshop Request Form

Enough Project - Student Upstander Initiative

The Enough Project is excited to launch a new student organizing program to develop a network of committed student activists on campuses across the country to draw on the power of student leadership to support peace in East and Central Africa.

The Enough Project's Student Upstanders will be an essential component of ensuring Enough’s policy and advocacy goals are realized. They will organize on their campuses and in their communities to let elected officials and the companies they purchase from know that war crimes shouldn’t pay. Student Upstanders will be issued a $500 annual stipend and will have access to funding for events and travel.

>> Apply to become an Enough Project Student Upstander

EOTO - Call for Board Members

EOTO World is currently has opening on their Board of Directors! 

EOTO World is an e-organization that provides capacity building for human rights activists to strengthen the work of eradicating poverty and promoting a culture of peace. EOTO stands for “Each One Teach One” - a philosophy on how to create solidarity, foster understanding and shared learning.  EOTO World believes that human rights can only be effective if the each one teach one principle is evident throughout every life. Human rights cannot be a reality without informed people sharing with each other, fostering understanding of each other and forming unity to balance humanity.  The services that EOTO World provides focus on empowering human rights with affordable access to: resources that make their work more effective, safe spaces to learn and network, and practical methods to ensure long-term sustainability. 

>> Learn more about EOTO
>> Apply for Board Member position

Call to Action #StopRepeatingHistory

More than 70 years ago, three cases were heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, challenging the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans.  The Supreme Court majority ruled against the three plaintiffs, Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu,  essentially “rubber-stamping” the military’s bald assertion that the mass round-up was reasonable and necessary. In doing so, the Court abdicated its critical role in safeguarding fundamental freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.

The children of Gordon Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred Korematsu filed an amicus brief on September 18th in the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Executive Order No. 13780, the Trump administration’s travel ban on nationals from six Muslim-majority nations, pointing to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII as an urgent warning against presidential powers run amok. 

Human Rights Educators USA is joining the nationwide campaign to #StopRepeatingHistory. We encourage you to add your name to this call to action.

>> Learn more and join the campaign
Children Can Be Human Rights Activists Too!

By Ellen V. Moore

There has always been debate, in education in general and among Amnesty International human rights educators about when and if to introduce students to human rights issues and especially to human rights abuses worldwide.  After three decades as the Urgent Action Coordinator with Amnesty International I have reviewed hundreds of children’s letter sent to me from teachers, parents, scout leaders, and young students themselves.  As a result, I am convinced that in many, even most, instances young letter writers were profoundly empowered by advocacy letter-writing because “doing something” about human rights appears to have empowered the young writers to “Speak truth to power.”

>> Read full blog post

Teaching About the Human Impact of Natural Disasters

In response to the terrible impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has made 3 chapters of their 2010 bulletin, The Human Impact of Natural Disasters:  Issues for the Inquiry-Based Classroom publicly available at the request of the editors.  The book contains essays by scholars and practitioners about a range of topics concerning natural disasters and their consequences, and how social studies educators can address them in their daily practice. The bulletin has a prominent emphasis on human rights issues, and includes lesson suggestions as well as a comprehensive bibliography.  

>> Access the free chapters 
>> Full text for NCSS members

Teaching Human Rights Workshop

Saturday, October 14, 2017 9:00 AM – Sun , October 15, 2017 2:00 PM
Where: International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 1201

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is holding a two-day interactive workshop designed to help: build your knowledge of human rights, develop skills to teach human rights to your students, and build/strengthen your capacity to promote respect and empathy within your school or community. Prior knowledge of human rights is not required. 

For questions, please email with the subject “Teaching Human Rights Workshop.”

>> Learn more and Register

John Brown Day Celebration and Anti-Racism Symposium

When: Saturday October 14, 2017 
Where: Woodstock Union High School  Woodstock, Vermont
Cost: $10-20 sliding-scale registration fee includes breakfast

On 5 May of this year, the Vermont legislature adopted a concurrent resolution “designating October 16, 2017 as John Brown Day in Vermont.” To commemorate the day, the Woodstock Social Justice Initiative is hosting a Brown celebration and anti-racism event in Woodstock, Vermont on the October 14th aimed at empowering community members with the understanding and tools needed to take action against racism. Several renowned experts on Brown, abolitionism and anti-abolitionism in Vermont and New Hampshire will be presenting, as will local educators who will demonstrate how they teach about Brown and other controversial figures. 

Continuing education credits will be available.

>> Learn more
>> Register for event

Thematic Discussions on HRE in Higher Education

The University and College Consortium for Human Rights Education (UCCHRE) will be holding a series of thematic online discussions throughout the fall for anyone interested in exploring how to advance human rights education across university and college communities. 

•   Monday, October 16th @1pm EST - Subject: TBD
•   Monday, November 13th @1pm EST - Subject TBD

How to Join Zoom Meeting

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll): +14086380968,,2307940030# or +16465588656,,2307940030#
Or Telephone:Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 230 794 0030
International numbers available

National Council for Social Studies Conference

November 17-19
Where: San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s rich history and vibrant neighborhoods come alive at the 97th NCSS Annual Conference, November 17-19, 2017 (pre-conference meetings November 15-16). Join NCSS in its first return to the Bay Area in more than 30 years for the world’s largest and most comprehensive social studies professional development conference.

Join more than 3,000 of your social studies colleagues to share the most current knowledge, ideas, research and expertise in social studies education, and to experience the history, culture, and color that are uniquely San Francisco.

HRE USA and the NCSS HRE Community will be hosting a series of events at the NCSS conference. Further details will be provided in the October newsletter and on our website.  

We hope to see you there!

>> Learn more and register

8th International Human Rights Education Conference

When: November 30 - December 3
Where: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE) is the forum for practitioners, policy-makers and academics to explore innovative education solutions to global challenges. This 3.5-day conference will assemble 300 participants from all over the world for practical workshops and insightful sessions featuring the latest tools, knowledge and good practices in human rights education.

The Conference Bridging our Diversities will take place during a year of important anniversaries: Canada 150, Montreal 375 and Equitas 50. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to showcase the lessons learned from Canada, Quebec, Montreal and Equitas’ experience promoting human rights, pluralism, inclusion and respect for diversity.

>> 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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