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Tune In and Take Action on Human Rights Day

Dec 9, 2020




Join us for 2020’s International Human Rights Day tomorrow, December 10. This year's theme is: Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights.  We've compiled just a few events from our members and allies occurring today and tomorrow, on Human Rights Day, as well as action steps you can take in honor of Human Rights Day. 


IACHR Hearing: Police Violence and Systemic Racism Against People of African Descent in the Americas
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | 4:00 PM ET

With the loss of the lives of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, João Pedro, Anderson Arboleda, Julian Mauricio Gonzalez, Emily and Rebeca Rodrigues dos Santos and many others, 2020 was defined by countless cases of police violence against Black people across the Americas. These attacks on people of African descent are nothing new; state perpetrated violence has  been a part of the daily lives of people of African descent in the Americas since the days of slavery and colonization. Human rights organizations from countries throughout the Americas will denounce police violence against people of African descendants at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights TODAY, Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

Tune in on Facebook for the live broadcast. Visit IDPAD.ORG for more information.


Transitional Justice and Legacies of Racial Injustice in the U.S.
December 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM CT

Project H.O.O.D. is hosting a powerful panel discussion featuring Shelby Shelby Steele, “What Killed Michael Brown"?” Bob Woodson, Woodson Center/1776 Unites, Pastor Corey Brooks, Project H.O.O.D., and Varney Voker, Ex-Black Disciple gang leader. The discussion will be raw, truthful, inspiring. You will also be able to submit your question for the Q&A period after the discussion. You will not want to miss this powerful panel sponsored by Man of Steele Productions and 1776 Unites.

Register here.

ARTE: Taking Space Human Rights Day Workshop
December 10, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET

We invite you to participate in a special installment of our Taking S.P.A.C.E. workshop series in honor of this holiday. Facilitated by Deimoni Brewington, this hour-long workshop will uncover and celebrate current artists and artistic trends that expose the vibrant impact made at the intersection of art and human rights. Together, we will also learn about the significance of International Human Rights Day.

This free workshop will be held over Zoom, but you must register in advance. For security purposes, you must complete this form with your email at least 30 minutes BEFORE the workshop. 

Register here.

People(s)-Centered Human Rights: The Black Radical Alternative
December 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM ET

The final webinar in the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP)’s Black Power Educational Series will address human rights. December 10 is globally recognized as International Human Rights Day to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) promulgated in 1948. The UDHR meant to serve as a set of principles that would usher in a new period of respect for human dignity and rights. However, the post-war interests of Western nations compelled them to violate the UDHR and undermine every subsequent human-rights treaty, covenant and law created by the international community of states.

Register here. 


Carving out Rights from Inside the Prison-Industrial Complex
December 10, 2020 | 8:00 PM ET

We all deserve dignity and to have our human rights respected. But today, more than 2.3 million are locked up in prisons, jails, and detention centers, where they face human rights violations and inadequate health care amid a pandemic.

Join us on International Human Rights Day as we explore the limits and ideals of human rights in a carceral state. This special webinar kicks off our National Days of Action to Free Them All, calling for the release of people in this pandemic as we work toward a world without incarceration. Our 90-minute program will include a panel discussion as well as performances by musician Damon Locks and poets Tara Betts and Eric Blackmon.

Register here.


Two major developments in the Gwich’in’s fight to protect the sacred calving grounds of the Porcupine Caribou Herd in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have taken place. The Trump Administration recently announced they would be holding the lease sale on January 6, 2021.

On November 24, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) sent a second letter to the United States with further concerns about harm to the Gwich'in from oil and gas development in the Arctic Refuge. This is in response to the update submitted by the Gwich'in Steering Committee after CERD sent their first letter to the United States in August. 

Please review the Social Media Toolkit and spread awareness of this urgent human rights threat to the Gwich'in Nation.  


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In solidarity,

US Human Rights Network Coordinating Center


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