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USHRN Statement on PAD Advocacy

Aug 27, 2019

Statement from USHRN Executive Director, Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, as delivered on last week's PAD Working Group National Call, August 20, 2019.

My name is Dr. Rosalee Gonzalez, I am the new Executive Director for the US Human Rights Network. I want to start by welcoming each and every one of you to this very important call this morning. 

Although I’m not a leader from the black community in the US, as the Executive Director of the Network and as a leader in the global Indigenous Peoples movement, I want to inform you that the issues and the rights of People of African Descent in the US are a priority for our Network. 

I stand proudly in solidarity with you, and hope to ensure that the Network is prepared to support the effective engagement of PAD leaders from across this country including women, LGBTQ people, and others, in the upcoming international forums that we’ll be discussing today.

As a Network, we want to ensure that US advocacy around certain key areas are uplifted including H.R.40 and the International Decade for People of African Descent. We want to ensure engagement in the current UPR process, as well as other events like Beijing+25.

With that, I welcome you and thank you for joining our call.

View the recording of the PAD call on 8/20/2019, here.