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.