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This free/donation week-long program will feature presentations by a range of experts from local, regional, national and international NGOs and government agencies.

5/23/2016 to 5/27/2016
When: May 23-27, 2016
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: UDC Clarke School of Law - Room 304
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact: Joshua Cooper

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Please join us for the 15th Annual Human Rights on the Hill program held at UDC Law, the Breaking Through Power conference and other locations, organized and led by Joshua Cooper, PhD of the Hawaii Inst. For Human Rights.  This program features talks and presentations from a wide range of activists, organizers and human rights professionals from local, regional, national, and international NGOs and governmental agencies. 

-          The full line up of presenters is below.

-          You can attend all or any part of the program – which will include “excursions of empowerment” – visits to various offices in downtown DC.  (So please check the website before you come down to make sure you know where the course will be on any given day!)

-          Important note:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the Human Rights on the Hill Course will begin at the BreakingThrough Power conference, which will held at the DAR Constitution Hall in downtown DC.  Human Rights on the Hill will then move back to the School of Law at 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW WDC 20008 but on Thursday and Friday the course will meet on Capitol Hill at a location TBA.  Also, as some sessions will be held elsewhere it is ESSENTIAL that you check the schedule before coming to class on any given day and time!

-          There is no charge to attend, but donations are welcome – please use, the “general fund” category and make a note to human rights course.


15th Annual Human Rights on the Hill 

 at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law 


May 23 - 27, 2016 

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Washington, D.C. 


Monday, May 23


9:00 a.m. (at DAR Constitution Hall!)

Breaking Through Power -- Citizens Revolutionary Week

Breaking Through Power -- How It's Done

Jim Hightower & Ralph Nader


10:30 a.m. (At UDC Clarke School of Law!)

The 70th Anniversary of Advocacy & Diplomacy by NGOs at the United Nations

Measuring the Peoples Movement to Promote and Protect Human Rights Around the Planet: 

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum 


12:00 p.m. 

Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom Film Festival 

Where To Invade Next


1:30 p.m. 

Historical Roots of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Laurence Peters, Ph.D. & J.D. Associate Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Education


3:00 p.m. 

Civil Resistance and Human Rights: Nonviolent Protest for Social Change 

Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, Associate Director, Field Initiatives, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict 

Necessity for a National Action Plan on Elimination of Racial Discrimination in the United States:

A Human Rights Approach to Changing The Country 

Marcia Johnson-Blanco,  Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights & US Human Rights Network Co-Chair CERD Task Force 



Tuesday, May 24 


9:00 a.m. (at DAR Constitution Hall!)

Breaking Through Power -- Citizens Revolutionary Week

Breaking Through the Media  Taming the Media Beast

Nicholas Johnson & Michael Copps 


10:30 a.m. (At UDC Clarke School of Law!)

Indigenous Peoples Forging Freedom in the Family of Nations:

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Reforms Being Realized Through

The UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples Outcome Document Agenda 

Joshua Cooper, Director, INDIGENOUS


11:30 a.m. 

Beautiful Trouble:  A Global Movement of Artists & Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Activists 

Nadine Bloch, Artist & Activist for Global Peace Movement 


12:00 p.m. 

Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom Film Festival 

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed and the NRA


1:30 p.m.  (Alexandria, VA and then National Archives!) 

Excursion of Empowerment

Malama Honua Hokulea Around the World Voyage

Visit to Port Alexandria Virginia 


Amending America:  225th Anniversary of the U.S. Bill of Rights

National Archives



Wednesday, May 25


9:00 a.m. (at DAR Constitution Hall!)

Breaking Through Power -- Citizens Revolutionary Week

Breaking Through War  

Lawrence Wilkerson & Paul Pillar 


10:00 a.m. (At UDC Clarke School of Law!)

West Papua:  Self-Determination in the 21st Century 

Pacific Conflict Resolution Models to Protect Human Rights

Herman Wainggai,  Visiting Scholar, George Mason University, 

School for Conflict Analysis and Rsolution 


10:30 a.m. 

Ending Sex Trafficking Through Human Rights Advocacy

Martina Vandenberg, President, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center


12:00 p.m. 

Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom Film Festival 

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples 


12:30 p.m. 

The Last State to Ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child:

Will the United States of America Recognize Children's Rights? 

Marty Scherr, Co-Chair, Campaign for the US Ratification of the CRC


1:30 p.m. 

National Workshop on UPR Implementation with U.S. Government & Grassroots Communities

The Universal Periodic Review and Other International Human Rights Instrument Recommendations: Taking Stock and Next Steps to Realize Human Rights in America

Daniel E. Gogal, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Environmental Justice

Environmental Protection Agency 


2:30 p.m. 

Protecting Fundamental Freedoms at International Financial Institutions: 

World Bank Inspectional Panel Ability to Advance Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice

Birgit Kuba, Operations Officer, The World Bank

Tove Holmstrom, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


3:00 p.m. 

The Value of a National Action Plan to Guarantee Indigenous Voices in the United States of America and Its Potential Impact Around the World 

Brian Keane, Indigenous Adviser to U.S. AID & Founder of Land is LIfe 


6:00 p.m.  (At Busboys and Poets!)

The Earth Wants YOU

Reverend Billy Talen 

Busboys and Poets 14th and V



Thursday, May 26 (On Capitol Hill – Location TBA – Watch registration page!)

Human Rights Cities National Workshop 

15th Annual Human Rights on the Hill Moves to Capitol Hill 


9:00 a.m.  - 9:15 a.m. 

Welcome and Introductions:  DC Human Rights City Steering Committee

National Workshop Planning Committee


9:15 a.m. - 9:-30 a.m. 

A New Future for Human Rights:  Human Rights Cities

Closing the Gap of Dignity 

Shula Koenig


9:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Human Rights Cities and the Global Movement for Human Rights

Human Rights Organizing Over the Long Haul:

A Look at the History of Human Rights and Movement Internationalism

Stan Willis


Using the International Human Rights Framework

 in the United States and the Current Political Moment

Ejim Dike


Human Rights Cities Challenges and Possibilities 

Cindy Soohoo


Centering Racial and Environmental Justice in a Human Rights Framework

Jacqui Patterson


10:30 a.m. - 12:15 pm

Comparing Models of Human Rights City Organizing 


What is a Human Rights City

Michele Grigolo, Nottingham Trent University 


Human Rights City Reports & Lessons

Renee Vaugeois, Edmonton, Canada


Eugene, Oregon

Ken Neubeck


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Jackie Smith


Jackson, Mississippi

Kali Akuno


Hawai'i, First U.S. Human Rights State

Joshua Cooper


Questions From Other Established or Emerging Human Rights Cities

Baltimore, Maryland and Gary, Indiana and Others 


12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. 

Lunch Break


Informal Small Group Discussions To Follow-Up Panel, Strategizing How to Establish and Strengthen Human Rights Cities 


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

International Treaties and Review Processes as Resources for Local Organizing

Swedish Association of Local and Regional Governments

Anna Lindstrom, Swedish Association of Local and Regional Governments


USHRN Experiences and Visions for US Advocates Using the International 

Human Rights Framework and Mechanism

Rebecca Landy, US Human Rights Network 


Cities for CEDAW/CERD Review Process

Tara Yarlagadda

June Zeitlin


2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. 


Coffee Break 


2:15 p.m - 3:15 p.m. 

Best Practices in Local Implementation of Human Rights Obligations:

Models for State and Local Action 

Joshua Cooper, Moderator

Jesse Tampio, Attorney Adviser, Human Rights & Refugees (L/HRR) U.S. Department of State

James Bischoff, Organization of American States Staff, U.S. Department of State

Erik Steinecker, Housing and Urban Development 


3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Alliance and Movement Building

On Importance of Diverse Alliances / Experiences of Movement Building & Its Challenges


Small Group Discussions


Discuss Examples of Activities / Events That Helped Your Group Build Alliances

Discuss Role of Leadership Development Plays inMovement / Alliance Building

Discuss Some of the Obstacles to Sustained Alliances

Discuss Kinds of Resources to Help Advance Your Work to Build Strong Alliances 

Discuss Best Practices For Overcoming Obstacles to Alliance Building 


Friday, May 27 (On Capitol Hill – Location TBA – Watch registration page!)


Human Rights Cities National Workshop 

15th Annual Human Rights on the Hill Moves to on the Hill 


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Building a Network for Information Sharing and Mutual Support

U.S. Human Rights Cities Overview

Joshua Heath

Tahina Vatel

Natasha Wheatley


US Human Rights Network

Rebecca Landy

Amanda Chavez Barnes


Pittsburgh Human Rights Cities Alliance

Jackie Smith


10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 

Coffee Break


10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Building a Strong Human Rights Network Together


National Planning Team Will Lead Strategy Session on Next Steps

What Resources Do People/Groups Have to Support a National Effort

Around Human City / Human Rights Community Work? 


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Wrap Up and Adjournment 


Open Mic: Sharing and Community Wisdom   What's Next? 


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Freedom Fire-Side Chats

National Teleconference focusing on Implementation of UPR Recommendation for

Human Rights Realization at City and State Level 





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