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


Interested in helping shape the future of human rights education? Then consider nominating yourself or a colleague to join HRE USA’s Steering Committee. 

Our rules call for the election every summer of new Steering Committee members to replace retiring members. This year there are 2 open seats to be filled, and we invite all members to make nominations for their replacements. You may nominate anyone who fits the criteria for membership and can fulfill the responsibilities of Steering Committee members, including nominating yourself! 


>> Learn more
>> Nomination Form

For further inquiries, please contact Emily Farell



  Join Steering Committee 
  Apply for an HRE Grant
  HRE Award - RFP
  Take Membership Survey


  Advocate for Child Rights
  UPR Cities Project
  Participate in UPR Process


  Your Opinion Matters


   Sharing History Initiative
  Teach SDGs Resources
   Connected Roots Podcast
  Your Opinion Matters


  Planning to Change the World
  Climate Justice Workshops
  MA in Human Rights
  Free Human Rights MOOCs
  Your Opinion Matters


  U.S. Call on the Int'l Decade for People of African Descent 
  Teaching Tolerance Workshop

HRE USA Grant and Award Deadlines Approaching

Do you have an idea to advance human rights education in the United States?  Need support? HRE USA is now accepting applications for the 2019 Flowers Fund Grants.


>> Learn more and apply
Do you know an organization or an individual who's made a significant contribution to human rights education in the United States? Nominate them for an Edward O'Brien HRE Award.


>> Learn more and apply

Take HRE USA Membership Survey

Members have one more week
to take the survey and receive a

To improve the quality of our member experience, we want to know more about you, your involvement in HRE USA, and how we can better serve you. 

The survey takes 10-15 minutes. 


Take Action on the Rights of the Child - Call Your Mayor

Although the US has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there are a number of cities have supported its provision. The CRC is important to safeguard children’s rights to safety, to well-being, and to remain with their families.

This June there will be US Conference of Mayors to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference provides a great opportunity for all of us to defend and promote the rights of children in our country.

HRE USA urges everyone to reach out to their Mayor's Office by calling and/or emailing to: 

  • Find out if their Mayor will be attending the conference to be held in Honolulu, Hawaii from June 28-July 1, 2019
  • Urge their Mayor to raise his/her support for the CRC city resolution passed in his/her city as a model for other mayors. 

Check here to see if your Mayor is registered to attend.

It might take several attempts to reach the Mayor's Office, but we all know that change does not come easily. Whether you succeeded or failed in getting an answer, please let HRE USA know. 

To get involved and join the working group, please contact Benil Mostafa

>> Learn more about HRE USA CRC Campaign

Join the UPR Cities Project

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.
Webinar topics and schedule (All webinars are at 6:00 PM Eastern time/3:00 PM Pacific)

  • Wednesday, June 26 Using international mechanisms to Collect, Compile, and Clamor
  • 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

Hold the US Accountable to its Human Rights Obligations

Join HRE USA the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) in holding 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. The deadline for the US government to submit a report is February 2020. The current administration did not elect to submit a mid-term report, which was due this month. To date,  four US-based NGO stakeholders submitted mid-term reports to the UN, including Human Rights Educators USA.

The UPR is all about accessibility. Advocates of all experience levels, backgrounds, and interests can participate and influence this process. Ideally, the results of your consultation will be shared with the UN via a brief “shadow report.”

Final stakeholder "shadow" reports by NGOs and Indigenous Peoples on the human rights records of the US are due on October 3, 2019, ahead of the country’s May review in Geneva. 

There are several ways you can the USHRN UPR effort:

  1. Apply to join the USHRN-facilitated UPR Taskforce.
  2. Apply to join the USHRN UPR and/or International Mechanisms listservs to receive periodic updates.
  3. Participate in the UPR Cities Project, a new initiative of the USHRN member-led Human Rights Cities Alliance.

If you would like to join the UPR Taskforce or Listservs, or if you would like more information on how to participate in the UPR, please contact Roberto Borrero, International Mechanisms Director at:    

Your Opinion Matters...

By Kristin Ghazarians, Human Rights Watch Student Task Force

Human Rights Watch Student Task Force leaders from Academy of the Canyons, Canyon HS and Golden Valley HS met with Congresswoman Katie Hill in May to discuss human rights in the U.S. immigration system.

STFers shared a comprehensive overview of the work they did this spring to educate their peers on America's immigration history and about current issues at the U.S. southern border. Students presented Congresswoman Hill with more than 400 signatures on letters requesting she support new legislation aimed at protecting the human rights of detained persons at our borders. When asked to take immediate action by co-sponsoring the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act of 2019 (H.R. 2415), Congresswoman Hill agreed!

She also commended the leaders for being vocal about human rights on their campuses and declared it is fantastic that they are learning how to advocate for themselves and others. "Your opinions matter..."

Congresswoman Katie Hill, D-Agua Dulce, accepts letters from the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force at Golden Valley High School Friday afternoon. Photo by Cory Rubin/The Signal

>> Learn more
>> Human Rights on the Southern Border Toolkit

Voice of Witness - Sharing History Initiative

The Voice of Witness 2019 Sharing History Initiative is underway, and this year they are giving away free sets of Solito, Solita, with one free copy of Say It Forward per set. 

The Sharing History Initiative introduces oral history and social justice storytelling to under-resourced classrooms and communities around the United States by providing educators, storytellers, and advocates with free books & free culturally relevant curricula.

Educators and organizers from public schools/universities, community colleges, and education, human rights, or arts-based non-profits are encouraged to apply. Visit their website for more information and FAQs.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

>> Learn more and apply

SIMA Classroom - Teach the SDGs

BRING THE SDGs TO LIFE in your Classroom! 

The Sustainable Development Goals (aka the SDGs or the Global Goals) are an international commitment to 17 ambitious goals to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. The Global Goals are a call for action for all countries to end poverty, inequality, environmental degradation, while promoting prosperity, peace and justice. All countries are called upon to achieve each goal by 2030.

Browse SIMA Classroom titles that relate to each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These films provide additional perspectives on either the complex problems at the root of the SDG, or a potential solution and path forward.

Designed as a fast track to global citizenship education, SIMA Classroom provides150+ short documentaries, immersive virtual reality (360) and learning resources to educators around the globe for only $8 a month. 

>> SIMA Classroom SDG Resources
>> Learn more about SIMA Classroom

Humane Education Coalition - Connected Roots Podcast


The Humane Education Coalition is a global alliance for collective impact that envisions a compassionate and sustainable future for all people, animals, and the planet.

Their podcast - Connected Roots - is an acclaimed venue for humane news, insights, education tips, resources, and more. Hosted by Megan Moon, HEC President and Founder, each podcast features inspiring interviews and stories from experts in the field of humane education.

>>  Learn more and listen

Planning to Change the World

Planning to Change the World is a plan book for educators who believe their students can, will, and do change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education into concrete classroom activities. 

The newest edition has all the things you would expect in a lesson plan book, plus:

  • Weekly planning pages packed with important social justice birthdays and historical events 
  • References to online lesson plans and resources related to those dates
  • Tips from social justice teachers across the country
  • Inspirational quotes to share with students
  • Thought-provoking essential questions to spark classroom discussions on critical issues
  • Reproducible social justice awards for students

Planning to Change the World is created by the Education for Liberation Network with the support of Rethinking Schools. Proceeds from the sale of the plan book support the work of these two organizations.

>> Learn more and order

Climate Justice Workshops

The Zinn Education Project offers a suite of Teach Climate Justice workshops, tailored to the needs of the audience. All of our workshops are participatory and demonstrate exemplary teaching activities. 

These are opportunities for educators in a school, district, or region to gather and collaborate on how to teach students about the most pressing global emergency of our era.

Shorter hour-long, 90-minute, part-day, or full-day workshops are available. The workshop demonstrates key lessons from A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis, and features a number of climate justice role plays, mixers, and imaginative writing activities, led by Teach Climate Justice contributors to the Zinn Education Project.

>> Learn more

MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights


Are you looking to develop yourself as a human rights practitioner? The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, will enable you to engage with the intellectual and philosophical foundations of human rights. There is also a specialist pathway through this course which enables students to focus their studies on the human rights concerns of Latin America.


>> Learn more and apply

FREE MOOCs on Human Rights

Check out these 5  courses that are accessible for everyone, everywhere. Offered by United Nations institutions and renowned universities around the globe, the course contents are available for free or you can opt-in for a paid verified certificate.

Social Change, Social Norms
Provided by United Nations Children’s Fund and Ivy League member University of Pennsylvania, this course is tackling various human rights issues such as gender violence, child marriage and sanitation practices.
Register here

The United Nations in the World

Designed by two leading UK Universities, the University of London and SOAS, this course offers a well-researched introduction to the United Nations system.
Register here

International Organizations Management
This hands-on course, which is designed for everyone who strives to work in international organizations such as the UN, the EU or the OSCE, is offered by the University of Geneva. The course offers you valuable insights into the inner workings of international organizations and the challenges they face today. 
Register here

The Changing Global Order
This course, offered by the University of Leiden, will explain to you how international power relations are changing and what the challenges are with regards to global peace and stability. 
Register here

The UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step in setting humanity on a trajectory towards sustainable development. In this course, which is offered by the University of Copenhagen, you will learn how the SDGs relate to the global systems supporting humanity with a particular focus on Climate Action and other urgent issues impacting human rights on a global scale.
Register here

National Call on the International Decade for People of African Descent


When:  Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Times: 7:00PM EDT | 4:00PM PDT
Cost: FREE and open to the public

2015 marked the beginning of the first ever UN International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD). IDPAD brings an unprecedented opportunity to advocate for issues facing Black people (People of African Descent) within the US and around the world in the international arena.

The US Human Rights Network is calling on movement leaders — those who advocate for the rights of People of African Descent — to join us on Juneteenth for a national call on the IDPAD.

The call will take place on June 19, 2019, at 7:00 PM EST. It is an opportunity to learn about the history and happenings of the Decade; how activists like you are leveraging it and what we can learn from them; and for you to raise any questions or points of discussion you might have.

>> Register for the call

This call is sponsored by US Human Rights Network, Black Women’s Blueprint, NAACP Leadership Defense Fund, the Leadership Conference on Human Rights, Black Voters Matter Fund, European Network of People of African Descent, Most Influential People of African Descent, and Blackbird.

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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