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Youth program on Racial Justice Through Human Rights - First Phase

“Racism is ignorance and it’s been going around for a long time. If we don’t so anything about it now, it will continue to be around for generations. We have to deal with it.” Quote from youth.

What is racism? What are our human rights, and how do we create an environment in which all rights are respected. These are some of the concepts the American Friends Service Committee, (AFSC) Racial Justice Through Human Rights youth group have been learning about and reflecting on.

AFSC's Human Rights Learning Project: a Step in a New Direction for a Human Rights City

By: Joan Gildemeister, D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program Committee

D.C. Human Rights People's Movement & Human Rights City

On December 10, 2008, Human Rights Day, at the urging of the People’s Movement for Human Rights Learning (PDHRE) and AFSC’s D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program, the D.C. City Council proclaimed the District of Columbia a Human Rights City to mark the 60th anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).  Washington, D.C. has joined a successful worldwide movement that includes more than 17 cities in 6 countries. Read the D.C.

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