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HRE USA NEWSLETTER                                                                    OCTOBER 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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 HRE and Climate Change

The 21st Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” will be held in Paris in December. COP21 will be a crucial conference, as it needs to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.  

Civil society will play a big part in the conference with stakeholders or "observers" split into nine constituenciesConspicuously absent however, is HRE. 

Andrea Cohen, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Iowa in Human Rights Education and member of HRE USA, will be attending as the representative for the Iowa United Nations Association and as a student for the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Andrea’s specific agenda is HRE so she will be identifying (strategic) partners and procuring information both through conversation and materials. If you or others you know are planning to attend, and/or if you have a particular interest or would like specific information that Andrea can pursue for you, please contact her. 

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Stand with Ahmed

In response to the incident this week at MacArthur High School in Irving, Tx., where 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed was arrested and suspended for bringing a homemade clock to school, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García released the following statement:

“In July, the NEA passed a resolution to challenge ourselves -- 3 million of our nation’s educators -- to discuss and fight institutional racism in our schools. We are engaging our members in ways to drive this important work across our Association, our schools and our communities.

As we continue to develop meaningful ways to reach out to our members to educate, activate and engage each other in this critical conversation, today we are called to take this simple and powerful step to let Ahmed and every student who faces systemic racism know that educators #StandWithAhmed.

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ESEA Reauthorization Urgent Action

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)  is ready for re-authorization. Please ask your House Representative to sign on to the 'Dear Colleague' letter that supports key provisions designed to improve history, civics, geography, and economics education for all students as soon as possible

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UPR and HRE in the US

US Response to Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights compliance provides some opportunities for human rights educators to press the case for mainstreaming human rights education in all our schools.

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15th Annual Teaching for
Social Justice Conference

Saturday, October 10th
9am - 5pm

Mission High School
3750 18th Street

San Francisco, CA

Join hundreds of educators both locally and nationally to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community.

The theme of this year's conference is Challenging a Culture of Violence. The conference features workshops, a resource fair, speakers, childcare, and community building.  

Keynote Speakers: Professor Imani Perry & Dr. Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales!!!!

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2015 Dodd Prize
October 15, 2015

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the dedication of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the University of Connecticut will award the 7th Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights to President Bill Clinton and the international human rights education organization, Tostan.

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Amnesty International MOOC:
The Right to Freedom of Expression

Registration is now open for Amnesty's first massive open online course (MOOC) on freedom of expression. Learn from the experts how to claim and defend your rights in this human rights course.  Starts on November 17th, 2015.  

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USHRN 2015 Advancing Human Rights Biannual Conference

December 10th-13th
Sheraton Austin
701 East 11th St.
Austin, TX 78701

Join fellow activists, organizers, and supporters in Austin, Texas to celebrate the incredible human rights work taking root around the country as we all work to strengthen and grow the U.S. human rights movement. Share strategies and engage in collective action to re-center an economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) agenda for the movement; expand the response to the fight against racial oppression, poverty, inequality, violence and the criminalization of black, brown, indigenous peoples groups, transgender people, women and other economically and politically marginalized groups; and realize human rights for all.

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