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7/23/2018 to 7/27/2018
When: July 23 to 27, 2018
Where: UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
5th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Joshua Cooper

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17th Annual

Human Rights on the Hill


July 23 - 27, 2018


UDC David A. Clarke School of Law

4340 Connecticut Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20008


Human Rights Begin at Home: We Must Be Bold & Build Beauty for a Planet of Peace and Fundamental Freedoms; Securing Solidarity & Sustainable Development in Solidarity




International Human and Peoples’ Rights Law Program
(all sessions at UDC Law unless otherwise noted!)

Monday, July 23

9:00 a.m.

We The Peoples Promote and Protect Human Rights & Peace:

The UN Charter to the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement 

Joshua Cooper, Executive Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

10:00 a.m. 
Climate Change & Human Rights:  
Realizing Rights in the Paris Rule Book; Coordinating Campaign for Katowice 

Sebastien Duyck, Senior Attorney, Climate and Energy Programme, 
Center for International Environmental Law

11:00 a.m.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 Clean Energy in the Americas
The Market-Makers, Catalyzing Clean Energy in the Carribean and Central America

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms Film Festival 
Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth
Directed and Produced by Scott Brown and Miranda Cawley

As climate change begins to wreak havoc, especially on the world's developing nations, a 23-year-old Malaysian activist travels to Paris to represent young people from countries like his at the COP21 climate negotiations. His journey to discover his role as an activist on a global stage, to speak up for the underrepresented Global South, and to continue fighting now in the face of U.S. President Trump's abandonment of the Paris Agreement, provides insight into the world of international climate negotiations and activism that is rarely reported to the public.

1:30 p.m. 
Peace is a Human Right:
People Power to Protect the Planet & Promote Rights 

Michael Beer, Nonviolence International 

3:00 p.m. at the National Archives.
The National Archives feature The Founding Charters of Freedom: 
The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights: 
Human Rights in Our National Documents for Democracy & Dignity 

Patrick Madden,  Executive Director, The National Archives Foundation 

Inaugural Global Town Hall for Global Governance Innovation and Reform 
The Road to 2020

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. AT: Politics & Prose Waterfront 
Onnesha Roychoudhuri - The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America

In her dynamic and inspiring primer on resistance, Roychoudhuri speaks from both sharp journalistic engagement and the experiences of an Occupy activist and co-founder of Speech/Act to expose the myths of the old majority and mobilize the new one. In the face of today’s plurality of identities, Roychoudhuri shows, privileged whites are clearly the minority. Using examples from the civil rights era to the Women’s March, and drawing on a range of cultural touchstones, Roychoudhuri argues that diversity itself is and has always been the progressive movement’s greatest strength and she urges us all to use it to change the world.

Tuesday, July 24 

9:00 a.m.   (On Capitol Steps across Independence Ave. from Cannon HOB)
Promoting and Protecting Human Rights at the United Nations High Level Political Forum:
From the Universal Periodic Review to the Voluntary National Review; An Analysis of Advocacy
To Guarantee the Global Goals 

Joshua Cooper, Executive Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

9:30 a.m.  (Cannon JOB Room 221)
Freedom from Tradition:
The Struggle for the Eradication of Slavery in the Sahel 

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Briefing 
U.S. Congress 
Cannon House Room 221 

12:00 p.m.  (at UDC Law)
Human Rights & Fundamental Freedoms Film Festival 

1:30 p.m. 
The Right to Self-Determination in Oceania:
West Papua Promotion for Peace in the Pacific 

Herman Wainggai, West Papua Advocate

3:00 p.m. 
Human Rights in the United States

Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson, Professor of Law & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Howard University School of Law 

Wednesday, July 25

9:00 a.m. 
The U.S. Role As Drafter of the UN Charter & Universal Declaration of Human Rights to 
Withdrawal from the World & Denial of Dignity for Human Rights Defenders:
First Ever Resignation from UN Human Rights Council & Implications in International institutions 

Joshua Cooper, Executive Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

10:00 a.m. 
The UN Human Rights Council: A Review of the Results of the 38th Session & Next 

Michael Anthony, International Service for Human Rights 

11:00 a.m. 
Political Rights and the Upcoming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 24

Human Rights & Climate Change Working Group
11:00 a.m. 
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CERD) and the
United States of America:  A Human Rights Movement Approach to Advocacy 

Marcia Johnson-Blanco
Co-Director Voting Rights Project
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Making Education Work: Is Attacking Wealth Inequality the Answer? 

New America 

2:00 p.m. 
Uyghur Rights 

3:00 p.m. 
Demand Peace & Defend Human Rights:
Promoting Peace is a Human Right in a New Era of Negotiation with North Korea
and the Potential New Cold War with Russia

Kevin Martin, Peace Action 

Thursday, July 26

9:00 a.m. 
Health Care is a Human Right: 
Engaging for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights in the United States

Mary Gerisch, Co-Chair, UPR National Task Force, US Human Rights Network 

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. AT: 800 Maine Ave SW 
Patriotism and Optimism: Thoughts on the Future of America's Left
Chris Murphy, New Democrat Network 

1:00 p.m.
Utilizing the United Nations to Hold Governments Accountable for Human Rights At Home:
International Human Rights Treaties to Challenge Police Abuse and Impunity in Chicago 

Vicie Casanova & Stan Willis 

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. AT Mission Dupont Circle
Mission Dupont Circle, Front Bar Area
1606 20th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Friday, July 27

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

National Human Rights Cities Alliance, 

American Friends Service Committee-DC Peace & Economic Justice
& Human Rights on the Hill  Presents:

Workshop on Human Rights Cities and Today’s Political Context
This workshop convenes human rights activists, scholars, and policy practitioners to consider lessons learned from a growing global “human rights cities” movement. Participants will learn about global and national trends, opportunities, and challenges to “bringing human rights home” here in the United States. We also will consider the question of whether and how human rights advocacy might be strengthened through the efforts of the National Human Rights Cities Alliance, which grew from previous such convenings in the Human Rights Cities of Pittsburgh and Washington DC. This is a space for sustained dialogue to promote understanding of human rights cities/communities and to advance ideas and models for local human rights practice. Particular attention is paid to disparities in race, class, gender, and environmental health, and we will explore how people-centered human rights cities can help to addresses these structural injustices. Lessons from the workshop will shape the ongoing work of the National Human Rights Cities Alliance and its support for local human rights organizers and movements providing leadership and advocacy to secure, protect, and promote human rights for all people.

Please tweet the forum at  
• #HumanRightsCities
• #BringHumanRightsHome

Human Rights Cities and Today’s Political Context 

9:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 
The Global Movement of Human Rights Cities
This panel provides an overview of the emerging global human rights cities movement. It offers perspectives from different world regions and insights into how UN human rights institutions can be resources for local human rights enforcers.

Jackie Smith & Joshua Cooper, National Human Rights Cities Alliance-- The Global Human Rights Cities Movement and People-Centered Human Rights
EU Fundamental Rights Association/ Other European rights org
Anna Lindström, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR)-- Human Rights & Municipalities in Europe
Thandabantu Iverson, USHRN National Human Rights Cities Alliance-- Human Rights Cities and International HR Mechanisms, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, Shadow report process
10:45-11:00 a.m.
Coffee break
11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Human Rights Cities in the United States: Background & Highlights/Lessons
This panel shares accounts from several human rights cities, offering perspectives on different models of human rights cities and projects that help build local human rights coalitions.

Rachel Bergsieker, Human Rights Learning Associate American Friends Service Committee DC Peace and Economic Justice-- Washington, DC
Jackie Smith, Co-coordinator-Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance-- Pittsburgh
Joshua Cooper, National Human Rights Cities Alliance-- Hawaii/ Human Rights State 
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch break


1:30 -2:45 p.m.
Human Rights Cities Models and Campaigns
Continuing themes from the preceding panel, this session lifts up key struggles common to all cities and reflects on possibilities for mobilizing local human rights cities around alternative models for community emerging from various national and international campaigns.

Cathy Albisa, Executive Director National Economic and Social Rights Initiative--  The New Social Contract and Health and Human Rights  
Rob Robinson, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative-- National Coalition on the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation 
Vickie Casanova-Willis, USHRN, National Human RIghts Cities Alliance & Stephanie Franklin, Esq., Co-chair, The Ubuntu Council-- Historical Truth-Telling: Indigenous Peoples Day & the International Decade on People of African Descent 
David Schwartzman, DC Human Rights City Steering Committee & ONE DC-- One DC & the People’s Platform  
Karen Mulhauser, Mulhauser and Associates-- Cities for CEDAW
2:45--3:00 p.m. 
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. 
Today’s Challenges: Trumpism, Corporate Power and Local Resistance
Why Cities? What possibilities exist for using human rights frameworks to mobilize resistance to right-wing populism? Drawing from recent struggles around the rights of immigrant residents and to resist corporate-led local development such as that seen in cities vying to host Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, panelists reflect on the lessons and strategies needed to defend human rights amid current challenges.  

Jacqueline Patterson, Coordinator NAACP Climate Justice Program-- Climate Justice Intersections: Centering Race, Gender and Immigrant Rights Amid Urgent Local Struggles
Tammy Morales, Co-Chair Seattle Human Rights Commission-- The Corporation and Local Government: Lessons from Seattle 
Whitney Shepard, Obviously Not DC-- Lessons from Washington DC vs. Amazon HQ2
Jackie Smith, Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance-- Lessons from Pittsburgh PA vs. Amazon HQ2
4:15 -5:00 p.m.
Concluding Dialogue
Participants will engage in dialogue and Q&A around ideas that emerge in the workshop, including the following possible themes:
• Lessons from Human Rights Cities—Key models and initiatives
• Identifying critical needs for US human rights advocates
• Expanding international alliances and strategic use of international mechanisms





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