The 9th Bi-Annual Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference (SHROC) was held in Charleston, SC Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2012.
Activists from across the region traveled to Charleston, SC, to participate in the conference titled, "Forging the Path ot Victory -- Solidarity Across the Global South." Attendees learned from panels that focused on worker's rights, racial profiling, environmental justice, and women's rights among other rights concerns. Participants enjoyed cultural events featuring local and regional artists, as well an international film festival.
USHRN organized the panel: Using Human Rights to Achieve Racial Justice: Developing a National Plan of Action.
The SHRON gathering was held the day after the conference.
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The Southern Human Rights Organizer's Network (SHRON) is the southern expression of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) regional structures.
SHRON is an important link between US Southern human rights struggles and those in the Global South. The primary goal of the network is to develop innovative and practical methods of organizing across the region. Another important objective is to strengthen the capacity of civil rights and social justice organizations in the Deep South. This would enable these organizations to expand their programmatic work beyond civil rights and social justice campaigns to more effectively address international (meaning oppressed nations and peoples subjected to US authority within the territories claimed by the US government and nation-states outside of US sovereign control) within the US and nation-states outside of human rights issues.
The reality of globalization demands that the US southern human rights struggle connects with struggles in other parts of the world. Through SHRON, activists and organizers will work together across the region to build an anti-racist movement that adheres to a human rights framework in its struggle toward justice.
Everyone should be aware of their individual and collective human rights and have the capacity to defend them. SHRON uses a collaborative approach to fighting injustice by encouraging activists from the anti-racist, women's rights, children's rights, disability rights, and gay rights movement to come together as a unified force. This collective working approach also extends beyond national borders, as we share common struggles in the US South with those in the global southern region.