Article 26 Human Rights Education Amnesty International - USA July 13, 2005 - - - - - - - - - - - - Dear Educator Activist, For many of you, the transition to summer is well under way, for others, it is just beginning, and for some, well... Whether in a school, in your community or at home, the work that we have all committed to continues. This issue of Article 26 will be a short one but keep your computers on, as the next full issue will be sent within the month. We are very pleased to be able to commit a whole issue to a report out on the first year of the School for Human Rights. Along with our friends and colleagues at HREA and the school, we hope to provide you with some insight into all of the work and energy - success and challenges - faced by the school. Over the past year, we have heard from many of you. You have volunteered to help with projects, reviewed new materials, shared success, asked questions and generally helped us gain a better understanding of how we can best support your work. That said, I know that there are more of you out there and we need to hear from you. I know that there are teachers reaching their students in creative, real and powerful ways...challenging communities to engage with human rights in ways that are relevant and necessary if we are to bring to life the positive value system of human rights. We want to hear from you! - - - - - - - - - - - - HRE HIGHLIGHTS I always enjoy sharing highlights of the past year, so please indulge me: NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION Our partnership with the NEA continues to grow on many fronts. In addition to the very much-appreciated financial donation, a representative from AIUSA co-presented a session at Civil and Human Rights Joint Conference and the next issue of the 4th R will feature our newly co-branded page. As we continue to roll out this partnership, ideas are welcome! - - - - SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER Human rights activists who have and continue to speak truth to power also speak truth to young and old alike and, along the way, inspire many to take action in their communities and globally. Events in Atlanta and Pasadena included programs with area students, the stunning photo exhibit, and the production of Voices from Beyond the Dark. Over the course of the next year, AIUSA hopes to partner with Speak Truth to Power to bring this program to 20 cities across the US. Visit their web site to learn more about Speak Truth to Power and the events in Atlanta and Pasadena. READ MORE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=13641 - - - - INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR TOLERANCE EDUCATION Located in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, the center houses many organizations working for human rights and social justice. Walking through the center, it is clear that good and important work is happening. In addition, the center supports meetings, trainings and workshops coordinated with organizations such as HREA, a number of public schools and the University of Minnesota, Center for Human Rights. Activism and coalition work at another place to call home in New York! READ MORE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=13649 LEARN MORE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=13642 - - - - HUMAN RIGHTS 101, PBS 13 As always, an amazing experience as young people from schools throughout the New York metro area bring human rights to life. My words cannot do this program justice so visit their website to learn more. LEARN MORE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=13643 - - - - - - - - - - - - INSPIRING EDUCATORS Charles Engle from Florida, Edwina Lynch from California, Sara Bokhari from New York, Maureen Irvin from Illinois, Barbara P. Koller from Pennsylvania, Lori Reed from Arizona, Genine L. Black from Georgia, Jennifer Norby from South Carolina...just to name a few. Thank you. - - - - - - - - - - - - NO TIME TO REST: STAY STRONG, STAY INSPIRED So much to celebrate and yet, no time to rest. Torture, violence against women, juvenile incarceration (and the thriving business), the continued challenges of No Child Left Behind in ensuring that all of our children get the education they deserve, and the growing struggle for economic rights and justice both in the US and globally continue to chip away at the dignity of too many people. How do we stay inspired? In addition to the amazing efforts and partnerships noted above, I would like to reference a person and a group of people - my inspirations. Mukhtaran Bibi of Pakistan. The strength, the power, the vision, and the hope that she exudes certainly reached me. Her actions, her decision to start a school in her community and her story must be kept alive so that she can continue to be the force that she is. LEARN MORE http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/ctt.asp?u=305607&l=13645 My second inspiration? A group of people without whom AIUSA's HRE program would not exist: the National Steering Committee, the 4th R advisory, the incredible interns - Cristine Barbaglia, Madhuri Kumar, Allisa Phillips, Ryan Harrity, Janet Lee and of course, Pinar. I wish you all a wonderful summer and hope that you find time to reflect and rekindle your soul. Look out for the next issue of Article 26, covering year 1 of the School for Human Rights. And please, share with us what you are doing and let us know what you need so that together, we can bring human rights into our worlds in real and tangible ways. We may not be able to do it all but collectively - we will find a way. Peace, Karen ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. 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