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HRE USA NEWSLETTER                                                                           JULY 2015
To promote human dignity, justice, and peace by cultivating an expansive, vibrant base of support for Human Rights Education (HRE) in the United States.

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Human rights education lost a vital advocate on July 2 with the sudden death of Edward O’Brien.

Ed came indirectly to human rights through his commitment to law-related education. Although a student at Georgetown Law School and an active opponent of the Vietnam War, Ed recalled that he “still didn’t know the term ‘human rights” though that is what opposition to the war was all about.  His teaching of public interest courses led him to participate in the first Street Law program, where law students went into inner-city DC public schools to teach criminal, consumer, torts, family, housing and constitutional law. Ed used his experience as an activist lawyer to found the national Street Law program, Street Law Inc., in 1975 and to publish Street Law, a high school textbook now in its eighth edition, having sold over two million copies.  
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On July 20th, the U.S. State Department held  a town hall meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the United States' report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on U.S. implementation of their human rights treaty obligations.  

Three HRE USA members attended the Town Hall to represent HRE USA – Kirby Edmonds, Alicia Guajuardo and Amy Calfas.  Kirby Edmonds presented the HRE USA position statement.  Another HRE USA member, Rosemary Blanchard, also participated in the Town Hall, to represent the Human Rights Education Community of the National Council for the Social Studies.  >>Read more

HRE USA would like to thank and welcome our new and continuing Steering Committee Members: 

Gloria Alter is continuing on the Steering Committee for another 3-year term as a member-elected representative.  Alter has been a professor for over 20 years at a range of universities, and is now creating a non-profit publishing company, Social Studies for Social Responsibility.    

Dennis Banks is joining the Steering Committee as a new member-elected representative.  Banks is a professor at the SUNY College at Oneonta where he has chaired the department of Secondary Education and Educational Technology for over a decade.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of NCSS and was co-chair of the NYSCSS Human Rights Committee for many years.  

Frank Elbers is joining as a new Steering Committee member, replacing Felisa Tibbitts.  Elbers is the Executive Director of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), an international NGO based in Cambridge, Massachusets.  Frank has over 25 years of experience in development and human rights education.   

The HRE USA steering committee is the governing body of HRE USA, overseeing strategy, direction and policy.  >>Read more
Job Opportunities  •  Publications

Amnesty International -  Human Rights Education Coordinator

Amnesty International's Regional Office in Mexico is seeking a Human Rights Education Coordinator to lead Amnesty's Human Rights Education work in the Americas. Deadline for applications is August 4, 2015.   >> Learn more

Compass: Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People (2015 Revision)

Compass is a practical tool and resource for citizenship and human rights education. It is an essential companion for all those who are curious and interested in making the right to human rights education a reality for everyone. Compass was fully revised and updated in 2012. In this 2015 reprint chapter 5 has been revised and the full texts of the background information moved to >>Learn More

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