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APRIL/MAY 2017
A national network dedicated to building a culture of human rights.
 
In 2016, HRE USA continued its work to advance human rights education in the United States. Our accomplishments include contributing content to the California History/Social Science standards; expanding our online HRE  library; supporting schools that are part of our Human Rights Friendly Schools project; and holding multiple chapter-led workshops throughout the United States.  

We’re proud of these achievements, but we’ve got a lot more work to do - and we need your help! Together, we can create a culture of respect for human rights among our fellow Americans - a legacy that will resonate both here at home, and abroad.
 
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 IN THIS ISSUE
UPDATES AND NEWS
  HRE Award Nominations 
  HRE USA New York Sessions

PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS

  Digital Collection on Standing  up to Hatred and Intolerance

ACTION ALERTS

  Letter to Sec. Tillerson

PUBLICATIONS

  HRE Theory, Research, Praxis
  Policy Guide on Genocide Ed.

EVENTS

  Panel on Islamophobia
  Social Movements on Water
  World As It Could Be Institute
Call for Nominations! 

HRE USA invites nominations for the 2017 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Awards. These awards were established in memory of Ed O’Brien, pioneer human right educator and valued member of HRE USA who died  in 2015. 

Nominations may be for:
  1. An individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States;
  2. An organization, institution, or program that has made an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States.
The award will be presented in November during the conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in San Francisco.


DEADLINE:  JUNE 15, 2017

>> Learn more
>> Download Nomination Form

Send inquiries for nominations to: Nancy Flowers
HRE USA New York Sessions 


HRE USA New York offered three interactive sessions in early 2017 - one per month for the three months - to identify the human rights issues that we face and explore what HRE means for how we show up in the world. The third and final session, held on March 30th, focused on the action that results from human rights education.

We  heard from people who use education to encourage action that supports human rights; through the arts, UN efforts, higher education, NGOs, professional networks, and through research & evaluation. All sessions were hosted at Amnesty International USA's offices in New York City.

>> Learn more about HRE USA in your Region

HRE USA Urges U.S. involvement in Inter-American Commission

In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration pulled its participation in a planned hearing on March 21st with the the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) - a regional human rights body that has enjoyed the support of every U.S. administration since its founding. The hearings were scheduled to cover the Trump administration’s attempt to ban immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries, its immigration enforcement and detention policies, and its approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

In response, on May 8th HRE USA and 29 other human rights organizations including the ACLU, Equality Now, RFK Human Rights, US Human Rights Network sent a letter to Secretary Tillerson urging the administration to adopt a policy of robust and active engagement with the IACHR, the key mechanism for human rights promotion and protection within the  Organization of American States (OAS).
Digital collection on Standing up to Hatred and Intolerance

Across the globe, individuals, communities and societies as a whole are confronting profound questions about identity, membership, and belonging. This collection by Facing History and Ourselves provides structured activities for making connections to current events and discussing sensitive topics in a safe and reflective classroom. The lessons examine examples of division and intolerance, as well as powerful cases of individuals and communities working together and standing up to hate.
 

Human Rights Education 
Theory, Research, Praxis


Bringing together the voices of leaders and researchers deeply engaged in understanding the politics and possibilities of human rights education as a field of inquiry, Monisha Bajaj's Human Rights Education shapes our understanding of the practices and processes of the discipline and demonstrates the ways in which it has evolved into a meaningful constellation of scholarship, policy, curricular reform, and pedagogy. Contributions by pioneers in the field, as well as emerging scholars, constitute this foundational textbook, which charts the field's rise, outlines its conceptual frameworks and models, and offers case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The volume analyzes how human rights education has been locally tailored to diverse contexts and looks at the tensions and triumphs of such efforts.
 

Policy Guide on Education about the Holocaust and Genocide


Examining difficult pasts such as the Holocaust has a powerful impact on young people because it helps learners identify the roots of prejudice and enhance their critical thinking against racism, antisemitism and all forms of prejudice. It allows them to navigate moral dilemmas of the past as well as of the present, and reflect on their role as citizens to protect and uphold human rights.  

UNESCO ‘s policy guide on Education about the Holocaust is a resource for policy-makers, curriculum developers, textbooks writers and publishers, and teacher educators. It provides key learning objectives, key areas of implementation, and rationales to teach about the history of genocides in a variety of contexts. The new publication builds on the expertise of many Holocaust and genocide related organizations, including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  While the guide focuses primarily on the history of the genocide of the Jewish people by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, some principles and policies outlined are applicable to other cases of genocide and mass atrocities. 

 
RFK Human Rights Panel Discussion on Islamophobia

EVENT DETAILS:
When: May 18th 
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20001

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights’ Speak Truth to Power program introduces its newest lesson plan on Islamophobia with a discussion on using education to fight prejudice, discrimination and bigotry. Their education program offers more than 50 lessons taught to millions of students all over the world.

Our panel discussion, hosted by the American Federation of Teachers, features views from across the partisan divide as we seek to build consensus and engagement around combating Islamophobia. Panelists include:

  • Mohamed Abdel-Kader, former Obama Administration Deputy Assistant Secretary in the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office at the U.S. Department of Education
  • Suhail Khan, former Bush Administration legal counsel and transportation adviser
  • Meira Neggaz, Executive Director of the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • Mona Al-Hayani, history teacher at Toledo Early College High School
  • Moderated by John Heffernan, Executive Director of Speak Truth To Power at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

 >> Learn more and Register

Gathering of Social Movements on Water

EVENT DETAILS:
When: June 8-11
Where: Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) and their allies announce the second International Gathering of Social Movements on Water to be held in Detroit Michigan June 8-11th. You are cordially invited to join social movements from across the globe as we analyze the problems and draft; grassroots solutions for clean, affordable, accessible water and sanitation in addition to solutions for guaranteeing the commons and universal human rights.

>> Learn more and Register

The World As It Could Be Summer Institute

EVENT DETAILS:
When: August 1- 3
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Balboa High School, 1000 Cayuga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

Sign up for the 8th highly acclaimed three-day institute on The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program curriculum.

The intended audience includes:

  • San Francisco Unified School District Middle & High School Teachers
  • Teachers, Administrators, Curriculum Developers of Bay Area High Schools
  • University Faculty and Graduate Students

Twenty-one hours of Continuing Education Credit or 2 CEUs are provided by the University of San Francisco for a cost of $100.  There is no charge to attend if not seeking CEUs.  Attendance is limited to 20 people

 >> Learn More
 >> Download Flyer and Registration Form

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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