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Transcript of HUMAN RIGHTS
Something to which you are entitled by virtue of being human. Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity. They are called human rights because they are universal.
What can you accomplish?
Educate yourself and your community
Help give volume to marginalized voices
Create new or change existing legislation
Improve collective societal values
Human Rights Movements
American Indian Movement
Black Lives Matter
Civil Rights Movement
Food Not Bombs
Occupy Wall Street
Ad Hoc Committees
Lobby your elected officials
Partner with Community Organizations
Inspire your peers to get involved
Junior Commissioner interests
Poverty & Food Insecurity
Racial Equality & Justice
What is activism?
Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change,
with the desire to make improvements in society and to correct social injustice.
Activism is an engaged citizenry.
What is human
rights work really?
"It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant."
Desmond Tutu, South African civil rights activist
““We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.”
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King, African-American civil rights activist
“A political struggle that does not have women at the heart of it, above it, below it, and within it is no struggle at all.”
Arundhati Roy, Indian author
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
Robin Williams, American comedian