Left to right: AFSC's Appalachian Center for Equality (ACE) BAPS program participant Jimetta, DC Peace & Economic Justice Program Director Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana, BAPS participant Ciara and ACE Program Director Lida Shepherd during the 2013 Human Rights Summit in Washington, D.C.
Photo: Bryan Vana
Reflections on the 2013 DC Youth Human Rights Learning Summit by AFSC interns and participants.
AFSC DC Peace & Economic Justice interns Rita (left) and Morgan speak during a meeting with Jason Spear, Legislative Associate to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) as part of the 2013 Human Rights Summit.
Photo: Bryan Vana
With support from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)’s donor-funded 2013 Opportunity Grant Fund, AFSC’s Peace & Economic Justice Program in Washington, D.C. organized and hosted its first annual AFSC Youth Human Rights Summit, which took place over five days in June 2013. The Summit drew ten young people (seven high school students from New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Logan, West VA; and Washington, D.C., two college students from Earlham College in Greensboro, NC, and one college student from Washington, D.C.
What motivates young people to take action on their beliefs? Human rights learning, and the DC Human Rights project in particular, might be an important piece of the puzzle.
On March 28, 2013—a National Day to Demand Action on Gun Violence—Andy Bloom and Diana Chicas, 17-year-old students from Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., came to City Hall to speak with Councilwoman Mary Cheh about gun violence.
By: Joan Gildemeister, D.C. Peace and Economic Justice Program Committee
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