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November 2017
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.
Human Rights Day - December 10

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY is December 10, the anniversary of the date when the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. 

To highlight what the Universal Declaration means for people in their everyday lives, the UN is launching a year-long campaign starting on December 10th, Human Rights Day 2017 that will culminate in the a celebration of the Declaration’s 70th anniversary celebration on the same day. 

The campaign aims promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers us all; and encourage reflection on the ways that each of us can stand up for rights, every day. Everyone is encouraged to add their voice to the campaign and take the pledge:

  • I will respect your rights regardless of who you are.  I will uphold your rights even when I disagree with you. 
  • When anyone's human rights are denied, everyone's rights are undermined, so I will STAND UP. 
  • I will raise my voice.  I will take action.  I use my rights to stand up for your rights.
>> Learn more
  Human Rights Day
  Immigrant Rights Activist: Dulce
  Using HRE to Address Stress


  Media Literacy Course
  New Zinn Ed. Project Organizer
  DACA Advocacy through Art


  HRE Exhibit
  History of Gov't-Led Segregation
  Book: HR and the United States


  Human Rights Training Series
  STEM and Human Rights Ed.
  2018 CTAUN Conference

Immigrant Rights Activist Profile: DULCE

As part of HRE USA’s commitment to defending DACA and advocating for a Clean Dream Act, we will be interviewing a series of Immigrant Rights activists and sharing ways that educators can support the #HeretoStay movement. Dulce is the first in our series. 

Dulce is an immigrant rights activist and college student currently based out of Washington, D.C., remotely working with an organization called Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER) and also United We Dream. While her dedication to the #HeretoStay movement is clear-cut and straightforward, her personal journey has taken her across thousands of miles, across the border of two countries and through three different U.S. states.

>> Read full profile
Using HRE to Address Stress in Students
A recent national survey released by UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access, Teaching and Learning in the Age of Trump:  Increasing Stress and Hostility in America’s High School, found that the president’s political rhetoric and policy decisions have spilled into classrooms at public high schools in significant ways, causing stress, polarization and hostility among students. (See also NPR article). 

The report, shows that nearly 80 percent of teachers said some students had expressed concern for their well-being because of the charged public conversation about issues such as immigration, health care, the environment, travel bans and LGBTQ rights.  Furthermore, 40 percent said concerns over key issues — such as Trump’s ban on travelers from eight countries, most with Muslim majorities; restrictions on LGBTQ rights; and health care — are making it harder for students to focus on their studies and making them less likely to come to school.

In response, Sandy Sohcot, the Director of The World As It Could Be (TWAICB), suggests HRE as one approach that could effectively address heightened stress in the classroom.  She states, "I’d like to offer using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a tool to teachers to guide discussion that could help students better bridge divisive feelings, grasp how derogatory language and actions affect others, and help express the human rights affected by language and policies of their government representatives."

In her recent blog post entitled, If You Get Confused, Listen to the Music Play, Sohcot further explores how the UDHR could help address not only the issues causing so much youth anxiety, but also the increasingly confusing social-political environment we’re in, and the floating anxiety it generates. 

>> Access UCLA Report and key findings
>> Read Sohcot's blog post
Media Literacy Course: Using film to bring the world into your classroom

Do you want to learn more about integrating film into your lessons to inspire student discussions and learning on global issues? SIMA Classroom has launched a new Media Literacy Course for educators on Participate’s online, collaborative professional development platform.

Based on SIMA Classroom films and resources, this self-paced course will give you an opportunity to take a closer look at documentary films to explore the impact of visual storytelling to communicate human rights topics; and guiding you through activities that will make it possible to seamlessly integrate film into your lessons. Cost: $25. 

>> Learn more and register

Bring the New Zinn Education Project Organizer to Your City

The Zinn Education Project has recently hired a full-time Education Project organizer for the 2017-2018 school year. The new organizer, Adam Sanchez, is an editor of Rethinking Schools and has taught high school social studies in Portland, Oregon, and New York City over the last six years.

The Zinn Education Project wants to send Adam to your community to offer workshops that help teachers better use our people's history resources and to knit together a face-to-face network of social justice teachers.

>> Learn More
>> Request a workshop

DACA Advocacy through Art - “WET: A DACAmented Journey”

October 23 – November 8, 2017: Alex Alpharaoh, DACA recipient and spoken word artist, has been essential in helping the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force (STF) in Los Angeles advocate for the human rights of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

This fall Alex has performed his show, “WET: A DACAmented Journey,” at the STF Leadership Workshop, Santa Monica HS, Palisades Charter HS, Sierra Canyon School, Carson HS, Crossroads School, Culver City HS and New Roads School. He will be at Golden Valley on November 29. Thousands of students and teachers have witnessed Alex’s emotional journey about growing up undocumented in Los Angeles, and his fear of living in the shadows in this country he calls home.

Alex reminded audiences, “I am as American as you are. I’ve been here since I was three months old. The only difference between us is I don’t have documents that say I’m American.”

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Exhibit - Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education

What can we do to contribute to creating a society that promotes human dignity and works to embrace equality, inclusion and respect for diversity?

The exhibition “Transforming Lives: The Power of Human Rights Education” raises awareness of the vital role of human rights education in promoting dignity, equality and peace and in preventing human rights violations and abuses. It was created to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.

As well as exploring the concepts of human rights and human rights education, the 25-panel exhibition presents stories of how human rights education has led to transformation and empowerment in the lives of individuals and communities in Australia, Burkina Faso, Peru, Portugal and Turkey. The exhibition also examines what ordinary citizens and civil society organizations can do to nurture a culture of human rights.

The exhibition was co-organized by the SGI together with HRE 2020, the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and Learning and the Platform for Human Rights Education and Training, with thanks to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The exhibition is currently available in English.

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The Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated the United States

By Richard Rothstein

We share a national myth that residential segregation is de facto. It is a myth embraced not only by conservatives, but by liberals as well. It is perpetuated by our standard high school history curriculum, in which commonly used textbooks routinely describe segregation in the North as de facto, mysteriously evolved without government direction. Yet, as The Color of Law recounts, the myth is false. Federal, state, and local governments deliberately segregated residential areas of every metropolitan area of the nation, designed to ensure that African Americans and whites would have to live separately.

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Human Rights and the United States, 3rd Edition

Written in clear, understandable language, The United States and Human Rights, 3rd edition is designed to help readers, who may be unfamiliar with human rights, understand and be able to use those rights both in the US and internationally.  This new edition has been updated to reflect the most current US related human rights reports, cases, events, and opinions surrounding human rights both at home in the US and as to US actions around the world, organized in a way that makes these materials easy to understand.   A thematic chapter  on human rights  and education covers the two areas of 1: the human right to an education, and 2: the right to receive a human rights education. The authors, H. Victor Conde' and Charles Gelsinger are both human right educators and legal experts.  The purchase includes free online access to the Salem Press Platform.  

>> Learn more and purchase


Human Rights Training Series

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is holding two workshops as part of its Human Rights Training Series!

Human Rights Advocacy, Campaign Development, and Engagement Strategies

When: Saturday, January 20th and Saturday, January 27th
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Cost: Early bird rate of $295 for those who register by December 21st.  Regular rate of $345.

This two-part interactive workshop is designed to help practitioners strengthen their ability to conduct effective human rights advocacy and develop successful campaigns.  

>> Learn more and register

Human Rights Research and Documentation

When: Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Columbia University, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027
Cost: Early bird rate of $295 for those who register by December 21st.  Regular rate of $345.

This two-day interactive workshop is designed to strengthen participants’ human rights research and documentation skills, primarily for the purposes of human rights policy and advocacy.

>> Learn more and register

AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting will focus on "STEM Education and Human Rights”

When: January 25 - 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $50 (General) $10 (Student) 

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Coalition on Science and Human Rights invite you to their next coalition meeting that will focus on the use of human rights in STEM education. At a time when many educators say their students crave new ways to apply what they learn in class to global challenges, a growing number of STEM educators are finding that integrating human rights into their teaching sparks their students’ interest in applying research theories and methods, engages them in research on issues of relevance to their community or society more broadly, and gives practical context to scholarly debates around ethical responsibilities, and the roles of stakeholders.

Can a broader adoption of these experimental approaches improve STEM education, including learning outcomes, retention, and diversity? What resources can be drawn from the human rights education movement’s practices and pedagogies? What are the opportunities for collaboration across disciplines to strengthen these efforts? Meeting participants will learn from case examples and contribute to discussions aimed at identifying key challenges, considering potential models for integrating human rights into STEM education, and articulating needs and opportunities for mentoring and other types of support. 

A live stream of the sessions on January 25 will be available on their website.

>> Learn more and register

2018 CTAUN Conference

When: Friday, April 6th, 2018   9:30 - 4:00 pm
Where: United Nations Headquarters, First Avenue and 45th Street, New York,  NY 10017
Cost: $65 

Registration is now open for the 2018 Committee on Teaching about the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Stepping Up to Protect the World's Children."  This all day conference This all-day conference will shed light on some of the serious challenges faced by children worldwide, has well as by children in our own communities. We will look at what can be and is being done at the UN, by NGOs, by educators and others, including children themselves, to help them overcome and rise above these most difficult circumstances.    

>> Learn more
>> Register for event

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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