ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2015: Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams

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Thu Dec 10, 2015 - 5:00am EST to Sun Dec 13, 2015 - 5:00am EST
Hilton Austin
500 E. 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

Planning is in full swing for USHRN's sixth biannual national human rights conference ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2015: Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams. 

Conference Registration is OPEN 

Hotel Registration 

Conference Agenda Now Available! (English | Spanish)

Workshop Descriptions

Opening Plenary: Feet on the Ground, Head Pointed to the Sun: Towards A Radical Human Rights Movement At Home

Emerging Issues Plenary Presentations & Speakers

Saturday Plenary: Police Terrorism In the 21st Century

Closing Plenary: #WhenWeWin: Stretching Our Imaginations, Strengthening Our Movements

2015 US Human Rights Movement Builders Awards

Purchase a Program Ad

Read on to learn more about the conference. Start planning now to join old friends and new in Austin, Texas from December 10 - 13, 2015, where we will seek to elevate human rights struggles around the country and to celebrate our human rights successes. And remember to visit the Conference event page periodically for updates on conference planning.

Conference Logistics: The conference will be held at the Hilton Austin, 500 E. 4th Street, Austin Texas 78701. Discounted hotel rooms are available now through November 3, 2015. The discounted rate is $110 per night, plus 15% sales tax. Guests will be able to book guestrooms until this date or until the room block has been filled (whichever comes first). Be sure to book your hotel room early by calling Hilton Central Reservations line (1-800-236-1592), please have them reference the group name, Advancing Human Rights 2015: Sharpening our Vision or the group code, AHR127, in order to receive the group rate over the contracted dates.  The rate increases to best available nightly rate, plus 15% sales tax, on November 3. To make reservations online please use this direct link: Registration includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Also please note that parking is $12/day at the hotel.

Conference Theme: This year’s conference theme is Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams. This theme reflects the deep need to re-center an economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) agenda as a key component of our movement work. Building off of Martin Luther King, Jr’s Poor People’s Campaign and his understanding that an end to racial oppression requires addressing poverty and all human rights, we seek to re-affirm and elevate the link between inequality, violence, and the criminalization of economically and politically marginalized groups. Effective human rights movement building demands an intersectional approach in which equal attention is given to the role and impact of race, gender and gender identity, economic and social class, sexuality, disability, age, immigration status and other dimensions of our lives.

U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Awards 2015 ANNOUNCED

The US Human Rights Network (USHRN)'s coordinating center is pleased to announce our 2015 U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Award recipients.  These awards are designed to recognize the critical yet often unsung work of visionary people working at the grassroots and community level to secure human rights for all. Award recipients will be honored at the USHRN National Biannual conference - Advancing Human Rights 2015: Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams. - December 10-13, 2015 in Austin, TX. Award recipients will receive a small cash prize, and their achievements will be highlighted at the awards ceremony and in Network communications.  Join us in Austin in December to celebrate these incredible, pioneering human rights defenders!

Read more to learn about the Selection Process, Selection Committee, and Criteria for Nominees.

Workshop Descriptions, Emerging Issues Presentations and Speakers ANNOUNCED!

Explore the workshops and learn more about our emerging issues presentations & speakers!

Call for Program Ads is now OPEN. Purchase a Program Ad to be included in our Souvenir Conference Program book. Celebrate a U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Award recipient. Introduce activists to your organization and work. Promote your advocacy campaign. Share a great success story. Promote an upcoming event. Or simply tell us what human rights means to you.

Fees for program ads:  

Full Page $ 1000
Half Page $ 500
Quarter Page $ 250
Business Card Size $150

If you are interested to purchase a program ad send an email to  Staff will provide you the Program Ad form to fill out and return. All ads must be received by November 6, and must be "print ready" (CMYK color mode and minimum of 300dpi).

Scholarship Application for the 2015 Biannual Conference is now CLOSED. The US Human Rights Network is pleased to offer limited scholarships for our biannual national conference. Click here to learn the preferred qualifications, expectations of recipients, and to submit your application online.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015, 5:00pm EST. 

Our Call for Workshop and Emerging Issue Proposals is CLOSED.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals by August 20, 2015.

Biannual Conference National Planning Committee ANNOUNCED

The NPC for the USHRN biannual national conference ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS advises on the overall conference agenda and program, assists with identifying potential presenters, and supports conference outreach efforts.  Committee members also may serve as session moderators or facilitators. Members of the NPC for ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS 2015: Sharpening our Vision, Reclaiming our Dreams include:

  • Miguel Andrade, Juntos and USHRN Board member
  • Ron Davis, Jordan Davis Foundation
  • Tiffany Gardner, One World Foundation
  • Ash Lee Henderson, Project South
  • Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Trans Women of Color Collective
  • May Nguyen, Tulane Environmental Law Clinic
  • Montague Simmons,  Organization for Black Struggle
  • Catherine Tactaquin, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Beata Tsosie-Pena and Kathy Sanchez, Tewa Women United
  • Dr. Keith Jennings, African American Human Rights Foundation and USHRN Board Vice-chair
  • Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Susana Almanza, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER), USHRN local anchor group in Austin

Local Austin Planning Committee ANNOUNCED

The Host Committee the Welcoming Event, which introduces attendees to the vibrant human rights history in the host city.  The Committee advises on how to introduce attendees from across the country to the realities faced by local communities in the host city and assists with outreach to colleagues, peers and friends in the host city and region.  The Committee plans and organizes a series of cultural events that showcase the vibrant arts and culture community in the host city and its links with the human rights movement, working to strengthen ties between the arts and human rights communities through the National Conference event.  

  • Susana Almanza, People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER),
  • Bob Libal, Executive Director, Grassroots Leadership
  • Jennifer Carreon, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition
  • Ana Rodriguez DeFrantes, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
  • David Cobb, Move to Amend
  • Nelson Linder, NAACP Austin

Join the Movement --- Join us in December!

Let's build on the incredible human rights work of 2014, and
continue our collective fight for dignity and justice for all.

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