In Celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

On March 21, 2014, we celebrated the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.  We shared Dr. Carol Anderson's keynote address to the USHRN 2013 Biannual National Conference.

Dr. Anderson argues that the Civil Rights Movement “did not have the frame in order to deal with the depth of degradation that had happened from centuries of slavery and Jim Crow. And so as one victory after another led to greater exposure of the human rights remains in the black community, it became clear that the root of systemic inequalities remained even after all of the blood, all of the struggle, and all of the martyrs.”

A staunch advocate for human rights, in her seminal work, Eyes Off the Prize, Dr. Anderson reminds us that the struggle for human rights – the struggle for adequate healthcare, education, housing, decent work and our civil and political rights - is the path to ending racial discrimination in the U.S.

As we prepare for the review of the U.S. Government record on ending racial discrimination in all of its forms by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in August of this year, we are reminded of the work ahead to ensure that the Obama Administration adopts a National Plan of Action for Racial Justice. A National Plan of Action would address persistent contemporary forms of racial discrimination and race disparities in almost every sphere of life in the U.S. Click here for more information on why we need the National Plan of Action. Click here to access the US Human Rights Network's Template for a National Plan of Action to learn how activists and advocates can provide input into developing a National Plan of Action.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, join us in our fight to end racial discrimination in the U.S. If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming work on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) treaty which lays out the path for this work, please join the ICERD Listserv.

Click here to learn more about this year's theme: "The Role of Leaders in Combating Racism and Racial Discrimination." See also the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, which underlines the key role that political leaders and political parties can and ought to play in combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Also, today, Gay J. MacDougall, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Fordham University School of Law, and former CERD Committee Member and UN Special Expert on the Rights of Minorities, will be giving the keynote address at the UN General Assembly at 1:15pm EST. See link to UN in Geneva/. To register please contact

Dr. Carol Anderson Keynote Address USHRN 2013 Biannual National Conference

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