TwelveTen March 2016

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TwelveTen March 2016

We remember the life and work of our sister in the struggle for human rights, Berta Cáceres. Having just commemorated World Water Day, we recognize that her life was stolen as she defended the land of the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras against profiteering interests to build a dam that would cut off the water supply for so many Lenca people and impinge on their right to live off their land. Her successful efforts, along with her organization COPINH, in forcing the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam project, serve as an inspiration. We had invited Berta and Miriam Miranda to join us at the 2015 biannual conference to share organizing lessons and strategies including . We regret that the life of yet another human rights defender has been taken. We will honor her work by continuing ours in earnest.

World Water Day to 4/4 Hearing at the IACHR: Building Power for the Human Right to Water

Yesterday, people packed the house for our People's Water Summit - The S Word: Putting the Human Rights to Sanitation and Water at the Forefront of Sustainable Development for Women’s Empowerment - held as a side event at the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  Watch the livestream of the panel, read our press release, share a collection of tweets, and check out an article on the event!

On April 4, members of the USHRN-convened National Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Coalition will go to Washington, D.C. to testify at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The hearing is a US-specific hearing, meaning that representatives from the US government must attend, testify, and respond to the Commission's questions; alongside directly-impacted people giving their testimony and sharing emerging better practices.  Read the hearing request today, and don't forget to download and share our infographic with your networks!

Videos: Black Girls, Rural South, African Culture

This month, we released two videos from the emerging issues plenary at our conference this past December. On March 8th, International Women's Day, we shared the speech by Natalie Collier, Blurred Focus: The State of Black Women in the Rural South. On March 21st, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, we shared Stephanie Franklin's video on Reclaiming our Spiritual Legacy.

We're Hiring! 

We are looking for an energetic and organized Executive Assistant. Deadline to apply is this Friday, March 25!

We are also looking for a Research and Messaging Consultant. Deadline to apply is next Friday, April 1!

Apply to be a 2016 FIHRE Fellow!

This June 16-19, we are holding our Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) program at the Highlander Center in Tennessee. Don't miss the deadline to apply - Deadline is April 1! For more info, email fihre[at]ushrnetwork[dot]org!

Read FIHRE 2015 Fellow, Adofo Minka's blog post on the program.

Op-Ed On CERD (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination)

Please read and share our Executive Director's op-ed written with longtime member, Azadeh Shahshahani. On this 15th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, we call for its full implementation by the US. 


Other News

IACHR Releases Annual Report

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released its annual report for 2015. The report included a chapter on the Human Right to Water, that included information from our hearing request and testimony last October. 

Member Call Recording

We are so grateful for everyone who attended and shared at our member call last Wednesday. You can find a link to the recording here.  Save the date: the next USHRN Member call will be May 18, at 1pm PST/4pm EST.

UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Statement to HRC

On March 10, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, gave his opening statement to the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council.