The Southwest Regional Meeting and Human Rights Training titled "Building a Cross-Cultural Human Rights Movement to Support Community Struggles and Hold the U.S. Accountable" was an opportunity for human rights and social justice advocates from Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas to come together to share experiences and strategies. The two-day gathering included an introduction to the human rights frame and training on how the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) can be used to advance human rights struggles and organizing efforts in the U.S. Alliances were built that will use cross-cultural and cross-community organizing to strengthen our collective work.
Friday October 19
On Day 1 USHRN held its first Regional Meeting where human rights leaders and activists came together to learn more about the human rights frame and USHRN. Sessions focused on identifying ways to strengthen networking, organizing, and movement-building in the region, and on raising awareness of several key human rights issues that activists are addressing in the region: Injustice in the Criminal System/Access to Justice; Environmental Health; Border and Immigrant Rights; and Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Nations.
Saturday October 20
Day 2 included an all day CERD Training and Discussion focusing on how to utilize the United Nations CERD Treaty to defend human rights. Attendees discussed effective ways to hold the United States accountable for rights violations, including calling on the U.S. government to adopt a National Plan of Action to fully implement CERD. Participants also identifed ways to prepare for the review of the United States' record on race when it is reviewed in 2013 by the CERD Committee. Day 2 was co-sponsored by the Human Rights at Home Campaign.
Please see below for the Agenda, List of Panelists, and Resources for additional information.