ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2013: PMAs and Regional and Self Organizing

USHRN is excited to offer the following sessions and space for self-organizing from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on Saturday, December 7.


Food Fight: From Local to International, Engaging Communities and Redefining the Right to Food

Session Summary
Racism and segregation define our food system at all stages, from production to consumption. In this session, we will examine how racism and corporate control shape marketing, access, and distribution so that food is often regarded as a privilege not a right and food workers are often without basic rights or protections. We will explore the impact of these issues on a local, national, and international scale and will discuss the increasing trend of large scale land deals in the Global South, particularly in Africa. We will offer some examples of successful resistance against the current food system and will provide time for break out sessions to discuss how to develop a human rights agenda for a more just food system and how to build power among the different stakeholders working toward a more just food system.

Presenters
Lakshmi Sridaran, Policy Director, the Praxis Project
Elsadig Elsheikh, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley
Nadia Barhoum, Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley

Location: Dunwoody B
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Abolish Corporate Personhood, Building a Movement for Democracy

Session Summary
This session will explore the legal history of the creation of the illegitimate, court-created idea that a corporation is a “person” entitled to constitutional rights. This doctrine has been used to overturn environmental protection laws, worker safety regulations, health and safety protections, and campaign finance laws. We will also share the exciting history of the growing movement to abolish this doctrine by a constitutional amendment, and share with participants how they can get involved.

Presenters
David Cobb, Spokesperson Move to Amend Coalition
Jerome Scott, United States Social Forum

Location: Dunwoody A
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Youth Caucus - Emerging Human Rights Leaders

Session Summary
This session will facilitate sharing and networking between young activists working throughout the United States. Participants will explore how human rights relate to their local advocacy and organizing.

Presenter
Niqua Douglas, Project South

Location: Conference Center
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Southern Regional Assembly

Session Summary
Participants from the Southern Region will discuss the multiple human rights struggles experienced by communities across the region, including environmental justice, workers’ rights, housing rights, and other areas. There will be opportunity for dialogue and discussion on strategies for addressing the human rights realities in the region and for organizing collectively. Participants will also explore the need to demand and adopt just governance structures at all government and within communities.

Facilitators
Black Workers for Justice
Advocates for Environmental Human Rights
Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights
Project South
Women with a Vision

Location: Dunwoody C

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